'Never been at a better run club' - Hibs loan star Jason Naismith full of admiration after NHS tribute

The on loan right-back says the team will be ‘proud’ to wear the top

By Joel Sked
Friday, 24th April 2020, 7:56 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 7:58 am

Hibs loan ace Jason Naismith has expressed his admiration for a club he has developed a bond with since joining from Peterborough United in September.

The 25-year-old had admitted he has never been at a team which is run as well as the Easter Road side.

Hibs came in for a ton of well deserved praise on Thursday after announcing their new home shirt would be emblazoned with a ‘Thank You NHS’ message rather than a shirt sponsor when the new season gets underway.

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Jason Naismith says his Hibs team-mates will be proud to wear the shirt. Picture: SNS

In addition, the club are planning fundraising for the NHS charity, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, while offering 100 free tickets to NHS staff for all home games during the 2020/2021 campaign with the first home league match billed as a ‘Thank You NHS Day’.

Appreciation came in from far and wide with BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and The Times’ chief football writer Henry Winter congratulating the club, as did Andy and Judy Murray, the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford and Scottish Cup-winning boss Alan Stubbs.

Naismith, whose season was curtailed following an injury sustained in January, admitted that his Hibs team-mates will be “proud” to don the strip thanking the NHS.

“It is a brilliant gesture to have those words on the Hibs shirt next season,” he told the Scottish Sun. “I’m sure all of the boys will be proud to pull one of those on.

“Obviously the job the NHS are doing at the moment is second to none during these difficult times, dealing with a crisis none of us have experienced before.

“So it’s great to see them getting the credit they deserve with things like this. It’s a great move by Hibs but, I have said this before, the whole club is run brilliantly from top to bottom.

“Even the news about wage deferrals and the way it came out a few weeks ago, it was impeccable, really.

“I have never been at a better-run club and there are a lot of clubs out there who could take a lead from Hibs and the work they do for the community. It’s good to see.”

Naismith has been vocal in his enjoyment at playing for Hibs but at present the player will return to Peterborough once his loan ends.

As the Evening News reported earlier this month, the Easter Road club are not ruling out a return for the right-back, but will have to assess the situation due to the uncertainty of the current climate with still no clarity over when football will return, plus the player’s recovery from injury.

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