Naismith considered Everton exit

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After scoring a superb hat-trick against Chelsea over the weekend, Steven Naismith reveals he was close to leaving the Toffees during the summer transfer window.

The former Rangers striker was courted by newly promoted side Norwich, but a late bid from manager Alex Neil was rejected by Roberto Martinez.

"There was interest there and when you are not playing every week it is hard to look past these opportunities," the 29-year old told the Daily Mail.

"But it was out of my hands because the manager just said he didn't want me to leave. That was nice in a way but, when you're not playing, it is also hard to take.

"When it came about it was something I thought I had to consider. At my age and having had a few years out with injury you do wonder how long it is going to be before you are playing regularly again.

"I am still coming on in games with a good bit of time to play though and so that gave me hope that I could still be here at Everton and when the manager said it wasn't going to happen the decision was taken out of my hands.

"The manager reiterated after the game that it is a squad game and everyone has a role to play. This just shows how things can change so quickly in football. Hopefully I've shown my worth to the team," he concluded.