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Templeton looking to find some form
Hearts winger David Templeton is aiming to find a higher level of consistency in the Scottish Premier League this season, starting with the opening-day fixture at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.
Templeton, 23, has been at Tynecastle for five and a half years but still wants to improve in the forthcoming campaign.
"Last season I was hoping to get a little bit more consistent but that didn't really happen then at the end of the season I got a couple of bad injuries," he said.
"Some games I played really well and in others I just wasn't involved as much so I think this season it is up to me to go and get myself involved in games and try and influence it a lot more."
Despite Hearts losing almost 20 players over the duration of the summer, with no signings being made, Templeton is targeting a challenge for second place with Rangers now out of the SPL picture.
"It will be totally different not having them in it but we have got to get on with it and look to challenge now. All the other teams around about us will be looking to secure second now and we are no different," he said.
Hearts host St Johnstone knowing the Perth side have already played two competitive fixtures, losing to Turkish side Eskisehirspor in the Europa League second qualifying round but Templeton believes it does not necessarily give the visitors an advantage.
"I'm not sure, obviously competitive games are a lot different from playing friendlies and having those two games might make a difference, but I'm sure all the boys in our dressing room will tell you different and they will all be buzzing to go into this game," he said.
Hearts enter the new SPL campaign still without defender Jamie Hamill, who continues to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in April.
Fellow defender Danny Grainger is suspended as McGlynn looks to get the best from an inexperienced squad.
Over 15 players left Tynecastle during the summer and no replacements have been signed as the club look set to put their trust in a number of promising youngsters.
Steve Lomas admits he will take all the luck he can get in his first full season as St Johnstone boss.
The former West Ham and Manchester City midfielder took over from Derek McInnes last November and guided the Perth club to a European spot, albeit they have already been knocked out by Eskisehirspor.
Lomas is keeping his fingers crossed that his small squad, to which he is still hoping to add, will stay clear of injuries this season.
"You need a bit of luck, there are no two ways about it," he told Press Association Sport.
"As Terry Brown (former West Ham chairman) used to say at West Ham, give me a lucky manager before a good manager.
"We have a small squad and it is important that everyone is healthy.
"We learned last season that whenever we had three or four of our starters out, we struggled. "I suppose a lot of teams would say that but especially ourselves.
"Missing four or five players after the split hit us hard so we hope to get a bit of luck.
"So we are still keen to get two and three in and if we do that we will have the competition for places like we did last year."
Lomas will decide tomorrow whether to hand a competitive debut to new signing Rowan Vine.
Vine, the former QPR player, whose previous clubs include Portsmouth and Birmingham, scored twice in St Johnstone's 2-1 friendly win over Bristol City at McDiarmid Park last weekend.
However, Lomas said: "We will have to decide. He missed a bit of pre-season but did relatively well in the Bristol game. We will make a decision on Saturday."
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