Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith has hailed the half-season loan of Sheffield United defender Callum Semple as a success and admits that he would like to build on his side’s relationship with The Blades in the future.
The 20-year-old academy graduate returned to Bramall Lane earlier this week following a successful spell with The Doonhamers during which he made 27 appearances and scored one goal.
With a number of injury problems now clearing up at Queen of the South, an immediate return to Palmerston Park for Semple is highly unlikely, however, Queens boss Naysmith has been quick to sing the youngster’s praises.
“His contribution was excellent for us” Naysmith told The72 when asked about the success of Semple’s loan spell after his side’s 4-0 home victory over Ross County in the Ladbrokes Championship.
“There were a few factors which we have had to take into consideration, the biggest one being Darren Brownlie isn’t far from making a comeback and he offers us versatility.
“I don’t think Callum will come back but we’ve been actively trying to help him.
“We’ve had a couple of enquiries from clubs in England and I have sent a couple of managers his clips and given him a strong recommendation.
“He’s done really, really well, I think we got seven or eight clean sheets but we also did well for Callum and I think he is the first to acknowledge that.
“He has played a couple of bounce games for Sheffield United and they have seen a marked improvement on the player which came up here.”
Former Sheffield United full-back Naysmith, believes that the development of Semple at Queen of the South will have left a good impression with the South Yorkshire club. The 40-year-old admits that he is keen to build on links with clubs south of the border including Sheffield United.
The Queens boss added “We have now built up a relationship with Sheffield United and if in the future, we feel that the have a player which will benefit from a similar situation as Callum, we will try to do that.
“It is a market that I am looking to get into more with some of my ex-clubs, to try and get a link-up and make us a bit of a feeder club for some clubs in England.
“Players are better coming up here and playing in the Championship rather than playing Under-23 football with their clubs.”
Semple is unlikely to win his place in Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side this season and another temporary move away from Bramall Lane seems possible.