The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

KAL NAI­SMITH is tip­ping fel­low Hartle­pool loa­nee Jake Gray to help push the club to the top of the ta­ble.

Mid­fielder Gray, 19, ar­rived at Vic­to­ria Park from Crys­tal Palace ear­lier this month, on the same day that winger Nai­smith joined from Portsmouth.

The pair com­bined for Pools’ fi­nal goal in last week­end’s 3-1 home vic­tory over Ley­ton Ori­ent.

“Jake’s a good player who makes good for­ward runs,” said Nai­smith, 23.

“He’s good for all us play­ers who look for that for­ward pass and he of­fers an out­let for ev­ery­body.

“He’s a good player and if he can con­tinue, then that’s a mas­sive plus for the team.”

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