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NAISMITH PENS POMPEY DEAL

28 May 2015

Blues swoop for Accrington winger

Pompey have signed Kal Naismith from Accrington on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old winger is Paul Cook’s second signing as Blues boss, following last week’s arrival of Kyle Bennett.

And he is already firmly focused on winning promotion at the end of the 2015/16 campaign. 

Naismith said: “It’s brilliant to be here. I was at a massive club before in Rangers and this place has a similar feel to it.

“Just walking around gives me a buzz and I can’t wait to move down here properly and get started.

“I knew that the gaffer liked me, so I always had the move at the back of my mind when he took charge.

“For him to bring me to Pompey is a fantastic opportunity and I’m grateful to have been given a chance by such a big club.

“We should be looking for promotion, really, and I’m sure the gaffer will be trying to add to the strong players we’ve already got in order to achieve that.”

Naismith also revealed that he was eagerly anticipating running out at Fratton Park for the first time as a Blues player.

He said: “Pompey away was one of the first fixtures I looked out for when I was at Accrington and to play in front of the fans will be an amazing experience.

“There are a lot of good fan-bases in League Two, but I think our one is by far the best.

“Hopefully I can excite and entertain them with what I do on the ball and they can also be assured that I’ll work hard for the team.”

Naismith – a former Scotland youth international – started his career at Rangers, but moved south of the border to join Accrington in 2013.

He made his debut in a 2-2 against Pompey at the Crown Ground and netted a total of 14 goals in 79 appearances during his two years with Stanley.

Delighted to have signed for @officialpompey A massive club with a great history I hope I can be involved in taking them back in the right..

— Kal Naismith (@KalNaismith11) May 28, 2015

Direction. Can't wait to play at fratton park infront of the fans, I'll see use soon 💙💙

— Kal Naismith (@KalNaismith11) May 28, 2015

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