Kilmarnock winger James Dayton plans to use the summer break to ensure that he is at peak fitness after recovering from a second cruciate ligament injury.
The 22-year-old endured seven months of pain and hard work to return to the team and has made two substitute appearances in April after the rehabilitation which followed the knee injury he suffered five games into his Kilmarnock career.
Dayton will not start against Hearts on Saturday, but hopes to do so before the Scottish Premier League season ends.
He will then take just a week off before building up for the new campaign as he looks to make up for the false start to his Rugby Park career.
The former Crystal Palace trainee said: "I have spoken to the physio and the sports science guy and said I would probably have a week's rest and then keep going.
"I don't want to have two or three weeks' rest and lose everything.
"I want to go into the start of the pre-season really fit. I want to be fitter than the other boys, it would be good to have a head start."
Dayton suffered the same injury earlier in his career so was prepared for the recovery process.
"It's been hard but I have done it before so I knew what I had to face," he added. "You have the mental advantage because I know I have come back from it before.
"I knew I could get back from it but you always have that little doubt about little things like, 'will I be as quick?' But so far it has been fine.