John Sutton remains hopeful that he has a long-term future at Hearts despite admitting he was 'ushered out' of the club.
The striker recently joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners on loan until the summer after scoring three goals in 18 appearances for Hearts since his move from Motherwell last year.
Sutton is prepared to accept the challenge of playing in the A-League, but is still keen to make an impact upon his return to Tynecastle.
"It has never really been an ambition of mine to play in Australia," said Sutton in the Daily Record.
"My only aim this season was to do well for Hearts. But when I was made available for loan and told I could go I realised I was being ushered out.
"That's what happened but hopefully when I come back I can do well for Hearts.
"I'm expecting to return to Tynecastle for pre-season. The club have a great chance in the Scottish Cup and can also still challenge for third place in the SPL.
"Central Coast are doing really well this year and they're in the Asian Champions League. It will be good to test myself against those teams. It's exciting."