Smith agrees new Cheltenham deal
Cheltenham Town have announced the details on a new deal striker Jonté Smith has agreed to.
The Royal Gazette reported earlier this week that the Bermuda international had been offered a new deal which he was unable to elaborate upon as negotiations were ongoing at the time.
However, Cheltenham have since confirmed that Smith has accepted the terms of a new deal keeping him at the Sky Bet League Two side until the end of the season.
Smith joined Cheltenham in September on a short-term deal, which expired on January 2, but has done enough in that period to earn an extension on his contract.
The 25-year-old netted four goals in 14 appearances in all competitions, including a hat-trick in his first start against West Ham United Under-21 in the Leasing.com Trophy.
He was also chosen by his club’s fans on social media as Cheltenham’s Autovillage Player of the Month for October.
Smith has been with Cheltenham since preseason after being released by League One side Oxford United last May.
He made his debut in Cheltenham’s 4-2 league victory at home to Stevenage last September and scored his first league goal in a 3-0 league win at Mansfield Town last December.
However, the forward has been out of action since making a substitute appearance in Cheltenham’s 1-1 home draw against Cambridge United on December 14 after suffering a throat infection.
Smith has now overcome his illness and returned to full training as he looks to force his way back into Michael Duff’s squad.
“I’m back fit now from my illness, so I’m looking forward to get back to playing and scoring goals,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of fitness with the staff at Cheltenham over the last four weeks and been in full training for about a week.”
Smith has played for six clubs in three different countries since being released by Crawley Town in 2014. He had two goal-laden years in Scandinavia at Kemi Kings of Finland and Norwegian side Floy before returning to England in 2015 after joining Gloucester City in the Vanarama National League North.
He had non-League spells with Welling United and Lewes, and also made an substitute appearance for Oxford United last season.
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