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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2006, 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Naismith English interest spreads
Jim Jefferies with striker Steven Naismith
Jim Jefferies took Steven Naismith to his Arsenal trial
Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies has revealed that two other clubs tried to lure Steven Naismith away from his trial period at Arsenal last month.

Jefferies accompanied last season's young player of the year to London for the two-day stint.

And he said: "There were two other clubs who phoned me after the first day we were down there wanting me to go straight to their training ground.

"But that would have been the wrong thing to do."

Jefferies spurned their advances, insisting that it would be inappropriate to renege on the agreement he had struck with Arsene Wenger.

"One of the clubs was in the London area and they were wanting Steven to have a look, but I wouldn't have done that because Arsenal treated us great," he said.
The Arsenal stuff got on a top of him a wee bit

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies

"Since then, those other clubs haven't been in touch, but maybe it's because the transfer window is closed.

"Who knows, they might come in later or so might another club.

"With Arsenal, it was a case of Arsene taking the opportunity to see close up what he'd heard about him and run tests on him and I think he's definitely somebody they'll keep tabs on."

In the meantime, both manager and player seem to agree that staying at Rugby Park is the best course of action.

"I think Steven was always a bit concerned that, if he got a move, it might not lead to a regular first-team place," Jefferies said.

"It was something he was not too sure of about going to a big club, being stuck in the reserves, but he knows clubs will always be interested if he continues to perform well."

Naismith will return to the Kilmarnock side for the Scottish Premier League encounter with Aberdeen on Saturday.

Jefferies afforded the player a week off to recharge his batteries after a turbulent few weeks and the manager is already noticing the benefits.

"I told Steven to go away and not report back until last Monday," he said.

"He knows that, over the past few weeks, he's not been at his best and it's not his fault, it's the circumstances.

"So he had a couple of days away in Spain then took a trip down to London shopping with his girlfriend and we've definitely seen a difference in him since he's come back."

SEE ALSO
Awardee Naismith aims for better
18 Sep 06 |  Kilmarnock
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30 Aug 06 |  Kilmarnock


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