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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 12:45 GMT
Killie land Naismith on new deal
Steven Naismith with his Bank of Scotland award
Steven Naismith has twice been young player of the month
Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Rugby Park until 2010.

The 19-year-old has been in fine form, scoring nine goals, since breaking into the first team on a regular basis during this campaign.

"He has a fantastic attitude towards the game. He wants to get to the top and he will get there," said Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies.

"It was pretty easy to get him to sign again because he wanted to stay."

The teenager has broken into the Scotland Under-21 set-up and scored on his debut against Iceland last month.

"I've seen a lot of good young boys come through the ranks - especially when I was at Hearts - and Steven is up there with Gary Naysmith, Paul Ritchie, Gary Locke and Allan Johnston," added Jefferies.

"He had two years to go on his current deal and we tried to make it a bit longer than four years, but, in the end, we negotiated a deal that suited both parties.

"Steven enjoys his football here and, if he plays well, he knows we might not have him that long anyway.

"If a huge club comes along, we really cannot stand in his way.

"But we're delighted he sees his learning process continuing at Kilmarnock and, hopefully, we will have him for a couple of more years at least."





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