Pompey: Kal Naismith says he’ll repay manager’s faith

Kal Naismith in action against Pompey last season
Kal Naismith in action against Pompey last season
  • New recruit out to deliver after being handed three-year deal
  • Pompey pay training compensation to Accrington for attacking talent
  • Naismith turns down other suitors to move to Fratton Park
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KAL NAISMITH has promised to show Paul Cook’s belief in him is justified.

Naismith yesterday inked a three-year deal at Pompey as he became the second signing of the Cook era.

He’s shown faith in me, paid money for me and put me on a long-term contract. Now I want to reward him on the pitch.

Kal Naismith

The Blues shelled out an undisclosed fee to Accrington Stanley in the form of training compensation for the 23-year-old.

Naismith has been left pinching himself he is joining a club of Pompey’s stature.

The attacking ace knows his new manager has shown confidence in him by not only paying money for his services but also handing him a lengthy agreement.

Such contracts are a rarity in the lower levels of the English game.

But Naismith promised the Fratton faithful he is hungry to prove to them what he can do – while showing Cook he’s right to have such confidence in his talent.

Naismith said: ‘I owe the manager a huge thank you for bringing me to a massive club like this.

‘He’s given me a platform to go and play in front of a big group of fans I want to do well for. I will always be massively thankful to him for that whatever happens.

‘He’s shown faith in me, paid money for me and put me on a long-term contract.

‘Now I want to reward him on the pitch.

‘I’m a young boy and he hopefully sees I have a lot in me and a lot to give to the club.

‘Hopefully I can help put the club in a better position – I’m sure that will be the case.

‘It’s often year deals at this level of the game. I’ve not got that but I won’t take my foot off the gas. I’m here striving to improve.’

Naismith came through the ranks at Rangers, where he made 17 appearances amid loan spells at Partick Thistle and Cowdenbeath.

He then moved south of the border to Accrington Stanley in 2013, where he scored 14 goals in 73 appearances across two years.

There were other suitors for the Scottish age-group international but once he became aware of Pompey’s interest there was one place he wanted to go.

Now he’s promising his new club’s supporters total commitment as he aims to get the Blues upwardly mobile.

Naismith said: ‘I heard about a week ago Portsmouth were interested. I’m under 24 so there was a fee to pay for that for compensation.

‘There was other interest but once I knew Portsmouth were keen it was the only place I wanted to go.

‘I’m delighted a club like Portsmouth were interested, with its size and history.

‘It’s a famous badge and I’m really happy a club like that wanted me.

‘I told my agent straightaway to get the deal sorted and I’m just glad it got over the line.

‘I like to attack but the one thing I promise fans is I’ll give them 100-per-cent effort.’

n Pompey have announced a pre-season friendly against Gillingham (away) on Saturday, August 1.