Kal Naismith: I’ll come back to Pompey a better player

Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler

  • Naismith has made six appearances for Pompey after moving from Accrington
  • Will remain on loan at Hartlepool until January 3
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Kal Naismith has pledged to return to Pompey a better player.

The forward last week joined Hartlepool on loan until January 3 in a bid to rack up precious first-team minutes.

I will definitely come back, I signed for Portsmouth not that long ago and it is an amazing club, a massive club, that is the team I want to play for

Kal Naismith

Naismith has struggled to break into the Blues’ side and, by his own admission, didn’t impress in his only two starts since a summer arrival from Accrington Stanley.

Yet the 23-year-old made an instant impact for the Pool with a sublime assist with the outside of his left-foot in their 3-1 victory over Leyton Orient last Sunday.

He is hopeful of keeping his place on the right-hand side of Ronnie Moore’s starting XI at Mansfield on Saturday.

However, his long-term goal remains a spot in Paul Cook’s side from January.

Naismith said: ‘In the two games I started I was disappointed with myself. I definitely didn’t do myself justice, but to build my fitness I needed a run of games, that is why I came to Hartlepool.

‘Then I will go back to Portsmouth hopefully a fitter, stronger, better player.

‘Unless I do really well in games I am always a bit disappointed.

‘I am pretty hard on myself. I never thought I had bad games but wish I’d done better and managed to keep myself in the team.

‘There are so many good players at Portsmouth and people waiting to come in after you, should you not do so well – and that seemed to be the case with me.

‘I didn’t do so well and then someone else rightly went ahead of me.

‘I just need to get as fit as possible, come back and hopefully mount a better challenge for a run in the side.

‘I will definitely come back, I signed for Portsmouth not that long ago and it is an amazing club, a massive club.

‘That is the team I want to play for, that is the team that I am signed to.

‘You should never be happy sitting there being part of a squad and hopefully nothing can go wrong from this.

‘Thankfully Hartlepool gave me the opportunity and I am grateful to them. Then I can go back to Portsmouth and challenge for a place.’

Naismith arrived at Pompey for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.

An injury on the eve of the season has hampered his progress, restricting him to six appearances.

Now he has the opportunity for regular first-team football at Hartlepool, who have endured a poor start to the League Two season.

Naismith added: ‘I trained with the lads the day before and was looking forward to the Sunday straight away.

‘We went 1-0 down but fought back and it was a great result against a good side.

‘It was a good game for my confidence and I already feel better.

‘That was my first 90 minutes in a competitive match since last season, so it was good to go the distance and take a lot of fitness from it.’