Ex-Rangers winger Kal Naismith reveals why Hartlepool is the perfect fit for him

Kal Naismith is loving life at Hartlepool United
Kal Naismith is loving life at Hartlepool United

Kal Naismith’s long-term future lies on the south coast with Portsmouth.

But for now the 23-year-old is relishing his time playing regularly at Hartlepool United, a club the winger describes as the “right fit” for him.

Naismith is on loan at Victoria Park from League Two rivals Pompey until January 3 after manager Paul Cook decided he needed to be playing week in, week out, rather than sit on the bench at Fratton Park.

He joined Pompey from Accrington Stanley in the summer and had been looking forward to going back to the Lancashire club on Tuesday night.

But the game at the Crown Ground was called off an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It hasn’t dampened his spirits though, with Naismith loving his time at Pools under Ronnie Moore.

“It’s been great so far,” Naismith told SportMail.

“The time I’ve had has been brilliant and I’m enjoying it.

“I spoke to my manager at Portsmouth and he said we can get you games and match fit.

“Hartlepool, I thought, would be right for me.

“I’m here to play games.

“It’s a great club, it’s in a good league and so far I’m glad I’ve joined them,” added the Scot, who has played twice for Pools so far.

A product of the Rangers youth system, Naismith made his debut for the Ibrox giants in July 2012 and made 21 appearances before then agreeing a switch to Accrington Stanley in 2013.

A big move to Portsmouth followed last summer.

But it has been a difficult start to life at Fratton Park for Naismith, who picked up an injury in pre-season and has struggled to make an impact since.

After making his debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Exeter, he went onto make six appearances in total but has started just two of those games, before heading to Pools on loan.

Cook, though, is adamant Naismith’s future lies at Portsmouth.

“If I wanted someone to leave the club, they wouldn’t go out on loan,” said Cook.

“Every deal is a different deal.

“Players need to be playing games and I would prefer to move people out so I have smaller numbers to work with.”