Moore says Hartlepool United have a gem in Pompey’s ex-Rangers flier Naismith

Hartlepool debutant Kal Naismith.
Hartlepool debutant Kal Naismith.
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Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore believes he has signed a left-footed loan gem in Kal Naismith.

The Victoria Park chief has ended JasonBanton’s scheduled three-month loan early, the winger returning to Wycombe.

Banton’s time looked over as soon as Naismith was brought in from Portsmouth and was confirmed once the former Rangers midfielder starred on his Pools debut, in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Naismith excelled on the ball down the right, none more so than when he set up the match-clinching third goal for flat-mate Jake Gray.

“Kal’s got a wand of a left foot,” said Moore. “He could do the same thing down the left and go by people and whip the balls in.

“The vision to get it and play it (for Gray’s second goal) was fantastic.

“I thought his part in the game, not just that goal, was excellent.”

Moore revealed that another former Pools star, Christian Burgess, was the inspiration behind the signing of the 23-year-old Glaswegian, who joined Pompey from Accrington in the summer.

“It basically came about through Christian Burgess – he tipped us off that Portsmouth were willing to let him go out on loan,” explained Moore. “We were on the front foot and I had a chat with Cooky (Pompey boss Paul Cook), who I know well.

“Everything was pretty much done when the circular went out to say that he was available.

“We were in front of the game.

“It’s not gone great for him at Portsmouth, but he was great at Accrington, 70-odd games and 11 goals. You can see the quality he has got. He’s not the quickest, but he’s clever, he’s bright, he’s got a trick.”