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REACTION: KAL NAISMITH DELIGHTED TO JOIN LATICS AND LINK BACK UP WITH PAUL COOK

31 May 2018

Latics' latest recruit Kal Naismith shares his thoughts after agreeing a three-year-deal at the DW Stadium.

  • Transfer News: Kal Naismith set to join Latics following contract at Portsmouth FC.
  • 26-year-old Naismith set to link up with former boss Paul Cook at the DW Stadium.
  • Kal Naismith shares his thoughts after his arrival at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics after penning a three-year-deal at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday afternoon, Kal Naismith said he was delighted to get his future sorted under a familiar face in former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook.

"It's brilliant to join a club like Wigan Athletic having been so successful last year and it's nice to sort this out early in the summer.

"It's nice to know my future and to be able to relax and have a good summer ahead of the excitement of coming back to meet all of the lads and get started.

"This club is a great club and having the manager here and the staff that I've worked with before is excellent. I played my best football and enjoyed football the most under them at Portsmouth. I enjoyed every aspect of working with the gaffer and his staff. It was definitely a big part in me coming to the club.

"It's a very tough and professional environment, but there is the other element to it in that you can have a laugh with all of the staff and the manager."

On his style of play, Naismith said:

"I look for the ball as much as possible. I like to get on the ball and be brave which I know is exactly what the manager wants in all of his players. I try to score goals and get assists wherever I play, but the main thing is to make a positive impact for the team. I'll play in any position, wherever the manager wants me to play I'll play."

Having faced Latics twice last season during his time at Fratton Park, Naismith said he saw the quality in Cook's title-winning side very early on in the 2017-18 Sky Bet League One campaign.

"The style of play and the way the team won League One last season was absolutely brilliant. I think back to playing at the DW Stadium and they were streaks above everyone else I came up against in the division. There are a lot of top players here and I'm looking forward to meeting them all.

"The Championship is a level I've always wanted to play at, but I've only accomplished the first part in getting in the door and signing for the club, so I just want to work as hard as possible now to impress through pre-season."

On his time at Portsmouth, Naismith continued:

"I've got loads of great memories from my time at Portsmouth. My season under the manager there when we got promoted to League One is the best of my career so far. It was a lovely place to be, the fans were always good with me and I had a good relationship with them."
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