By: Hibernian Media on 04 Sep, 2019 15:55
Jason Naismith was a relieved man when Hibernian just managed to beat Monday’s midnight transfer deadline to seal his season-long long move from Peterborough United.
The 25-year-old was desperate to push through the deal and made a desperate dash to St George’s Park – England’s luxurious training base – where our Head of Sports Medicine and Science, Nathan Ring, was working with the Three Lions’ Under-21s.
Nathan was able to help Jason through the paperwork and stringent medical before everything could be signed off.
Our new number 21 is delighted to be back in Scotland after successful spells with formative club St Mirren and Ross County – not to mention follow in the footsteps of a familiar face…
He sat down with Hibs TV after his first day of training at HTC and you can watch the interview in full here.
Jason, welcome to Hibernian!
I’m delighted to be here and just buzzing to get started.
Talk us through what must have been a pretty stressful deadline day for you.
It was a stressful day – it seemed to be on then off, on then off. I think I lost a few hairs on my head over it, just trying to get it done. Thankfully the two clubs got there in the end. I had to meet Nathan at St George’s Park for the medical, which is two hours away from Peterborough. It was a case of agreeing everything in principle and then trying to get here. It’s not the easiest place to get to and there were diversions on the road. I thought someone was trying to wind me up but I eventually got there. It was some place but the important thing was that I passed the medical and everything got agreed.
You’ll be a well-known face to many Scottish football supporters after your time with St Mirren and Ross County but how would you describe yourself as a player?
I’m a fully committed defender. I’ll get stuck in on a Saturday and give everything for the badge. Hopefully I can contribute going forward as well and keep lots of clean sheets.
The signing went down well with John McGinn, who took to Twitter to tell us what a good decision it was to bring you here. How far back do the two of you go?
I’ve known John since we were 10-year-olds at St Mirren. We grew up together and saw each other pretty much every day. We’re good pals but he’s put a bit of pressure on me with that tweet saying I’m a top player! Coming from him it’s a great compliment. He’s done unbelievably well for himself and he is a hero here at Hibs. If I can achieve half of what he did here then I’ll leave with my head held high. I was at St Mirren when he came here and I thought it was a good move. So it proved. He won the Scottish Cup and it took him to the next level. Hopefully it can happen for me as well.
Did you speak to John before you made the move?
I didn’t need to phone John. It’s Hibs - you don’t need a sales pitch. You’re desperate to come. I didn’t even tell John. I’m superstitious like that! I wanted it to go through and I was worried if I told someone it wouldn’t. John messaged me on my way to the medical and he’s delighted for me.
How was your first day at HTC?
The boys have all made me feel welcome. It’s just good to be back in Scotland. It’s a really talented squad so hopefully we can kick on and do well. The international break has come at a good time to get to know everyone and the surroundings, to bed myself in. I’ll be raring to go for the Kilmarnock game.