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Steven Naismith


Steven John Naismith is a Scottish footballer who plays as a second striker for English club Everton and the Scotland national football team. Naismith played several years in the Kilmarnock youth team before signing professionally for Kilmarnock on 31 August 2002. He made his senior debut in the 2003–04 season as a substitute against Hibernian on 24 April 2004. In the 2005–06 season he played in the striker position, and also played on the left of midfield. His impressive statistics won him the SPL young player of the month award in August and the SPL player of the month award in March of the 2005–06 season. Naismith went on to win the Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year award, after scoring twelve goals during the season. On 31 August 2007, Kilmarnock accepted Rangers' offer for Naismith for around £1.9m. Steven Naismith signed a four-year deal for Everton on 4 July 2012. He made his debut for the Toffees as a second half substitute in a 1–1 friendly draw with Motherwell on 21 July, his first match since his injury in October 2011. His next appearance came in Tony Hibbert's testimonial against AEK Athens at Goodison Park in which he netted a first half hat-trick.
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