Hartlepool United’s ex-Rangers winger Kal Naismith still wanted by Portsmouth

Kal Naismith in action for Portsmouth against Newport
Kal Naismith in action for Portsmouth against Newport

Kal Naismith still has a future at Portsmouth, despite being allowed to leave on loan said Pompey boss Paul Cook.

The winger has joined Pools until January 3 after Cook decided he needed regular first-team football.

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

PAUL COOK

“It’s been a difficult start to life at Fratton Park for the former Accrington man, who picked up an injury in pre-season and has struggled to make an impact since then.

After making his debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Exeter, the 23-year-old has made six appearances in total but has started just two of those games.

He made a sub appearance in last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Macclesfield but Cook maintains a loan deal does not spell the end of the road for any of his players.

Cook told the Portsmouth News: “It’s not a case of me not seeing them as part of the plans.

“If I wanted someone to leave the club, they wouldn’t go out on loan. Every deal is a different deal.

“We have some lads who are still finding their way in the game and eventually you have to find the level that you play at and what you are supposed to be.

“Some lads can get caught in no-man’s land, they end up being here for three or four months and haven’t played enough games.

“Players need to be playing games and I would prefer to move people out.”

Naismith is not only a good athlete at 6ft 1in with a cracking left foot, he has a fine pedigree too, coming through the ranks at Rangers, where he played 17 senior games, scoring once.

His best times came at Accrington where he scored 11 times in 73 appearances.