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Khano relishing RailHawks challenge

It has only been a week but Khano Smith is enjoying a change of scenery at his new club, the Carolina RailHawks, as they prepare for their upcoming season in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Smith, who has been in limbo since being let go by the New England Revolution last term, is anxiously awaiting the start of the season and is eager to make a strong impact.

He is currently in the midst of the RailHawks' pre-season campaign and said he had been impressed with the side's “first class” facilities.

“I only got here last week but from I have seen it's a good side,” said Smith. “We have had a practice match as well as training sessions since I have arrived and have some more games on this week so it's shaping up nicely.

“I was keeping myself in shape waiting for a chance from someone so it feels good to be here.

“We have a really good team, a lot of players with a lot of experience both from this league, the MLS and overseas. I personally think we have a really good team.

“The facilities are first class, they have ten good pitches for play on as well as a great stadium, and it's one of the better teams in the league.

“When you look at what they did last year in reaching the final of the cup as well as being regular season champions . . . we are looking to build on that.

“I just want to do well for the club and myself, it doesn't matter where I am needed and I'm ready to give my all to the team.

“I think most of the guys are playing at this level because they want to play at a higher level and I just want to get back out there and enjoy my football.”

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.

And Smith was delighted when he heard the club were interested in him and wasted no time in signing.

The 30-year-old has joined a side that won their conference last season while losing the two-legged final 3-1 to rivals Puerto Rico Islanders.

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.

But he said he was motivated for the challenge ahead and would be doing his best to help his new team go one step better and win the title.

“The coach heard about me and gave my agent a call and it went from there. He knew I was available and it was up to me and I decided to come here,” he said.

“I have a lot of expectations for myself, I want the team to do well, I would like to do well and I want us to win the title in this league so however I need to contribute with my performances, whether its goals or defending, then so be it.

“I simply want to play at my best and help the team.”

Khano Smith

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Published March 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 22, 2011 at 9:47 am)

Khano relishing RailHawks challenge

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