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Carolina RailHawks swoop for winger Khano

Khano Smith will look to rejuvenate his career after signing for the Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

The 30-year-old had been without a club since being let go by the New England Revolution last season following an inconsistent campaign with the Major League Soccer (MLS) side.

Smith's new club, the RailHawks, have had a busy pre-season adding several former professionals to their squad including ex-Scotland and Newcastle winger Stephen Glass and striker Kithson Bain, formerly of Tranmere Rovers.

Dropping down to the NASL might represent a slight setback for Smith who would have hoped to find a new MLS side following his release from the Revolution, where he spent five seasons.

He rejoined the Boston-based outfit at the beginning of last season following a short-term spell at English League Two club Lincoln City where he failed to make an impact.

Prior to that, the Bermuda international played for the New York Red Bulls but had his contract cancelled midway through the 2009 season after falling out of favour with coach Juan Carlos Osario.

The most successful period of Smith's career came during his first stint at the Revolution between 2005 and 2008 where he reached two successive MLS Cup finals, losing both to Houston Dynamo.

He previously played for Dandy Town in Bermuda where he was spotted by Steve Nicol, the Revolution coach, during the MLS team's pre-season tour of the Island.

The RailHawks, coached by Scotsman Martin Rennie, continue their pre-season programme this weekend with a game against Charlston Battery. They begin their NASL campaign against Puerto Rico Islanders at Wakefield Soccer Park on April 9.

Last season saw them lift the NASL Conference Championship to clinch a position in the post-season, finishing fourth overall.

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Published March 16, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 16, 2011 at 10:07 am)

Carolina RailHawks swoop for winger Khano

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