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Smith returns to English football

New club: Smith has joined Gloucester City on a short-term deal (Photograph by Nicola Muirhead)

Jonté Smith’s debut with new club Gloucester City ended on a disappointing note as the non-league club suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Gainsborough Trinity at Whaddon Road on Saturday.

Despite the loss Smith, who signed with the club the day before, impressed after coming as a substitute at the start of the second half.

Smith, who was a bright spark amongst few among his team, had a long range effort saved and set up two chances that the hosts failed to capitlise upon.

The Bermuda striker returned to English football after recently completing a move to Gloucestershire to complete a move from to Norway’s Floy IL.

In the lead up to Saturday’s match, Tim Harris, the Gloucester boss, expressed delight over the club’s new Bermudian signing whom he is confident can live up to expectations.

“We are delighted to have signed a very promising striker that has played League football and scored goals wherever he’s been,” Harris said. “Jonté is very ambitious and wants to get back into the Football League and he sees Gloucester City as an excellent platform to do this, especially after the recent transfer of Harry White to League One club Barnsley.

“There were clubs interested in Jonté. However, after meeting him and showing him around the City of Gloucester and the excellent facilities at Hartbury College he has decided to commit to Gloucester City.”

During his previous stint in the UK Smith was signed by Crawley Town and loaned out to Met Police, Havant, Waterlooville and Eastbourne Borough before being released.

The 21-year old striker resurfaced in Finland with PS Kemi Kings before he was sold to Norway’s Floy IL.

Earlier this year Smith represented Bermuda’s senior national team in their Fifa World Cup qualifiers.