Hearts striker Christian Nade has confirmed that boss Csaba Laszlo was right to brand him overweight. The 24 year old admitted he piled on the pounds in an attempt to quit the Tynecastle club.
The Frenchman claims showdown talks with Laszlo have convinced him to stay and fight for his place.
He told the Scottish Sun: "I didn't come back over 17 stone - that would be impossible! I came back a few pounds overweight, that was all.
"But maybe there was a little part of me that wanted to do this. Maybe I lost my focus.
"When I came here, maybe it was a mistake for me to think it was a little bit easy to play in the SPL coming from the Premiership.
"I lost my concentration and I started to go down and down and it was hard to come back. Towards the end of the season, I didn't play well and I wasn't confident and it was really hard for me to come back to Hearts. So maybe I wanted to leave.
"I did a lot of things wrong to try and force my way out. But when I came back I spoke with the new manager.
"Now I want to show people I made a mistake. I want fans to recognise I am a good player and this is what I hope will happen."