Smith has high hopes on return to England
Jonté Smith believes that his move to English non-League side Gloucester City can only bode well for his career.
The 21-year-old striker signed with Gloucester last week after spending a season with Norway's Floy IL and is delighted to be returning to England.
“I'm happy to be back in England, it's where I want to play and where I want to progress in my career,” Smith said.
“I'm happy to have signed for Gloucester City, the facilities the club have at their disposal are better than I could have asked for. I definitely feel like this club has everything I need to become a better player.”
Smith impressed on his debut for Gloucester, who play in the Vanarama National Football League North, after coming on as a second-half substitute in their 2-0 home defeat against Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend.
He had a long-range effort saved and set up two chances that the home side failed to convert.
“I felt like we as a team created enough chances to get something out of the game,” Smith said. “But the game is passed, it's gone. All we can do now is focus on the next one.”
Tim Harris, the Gloucester manager, is thrilled with Smith's decision to join the club who are seventeenth in the table.
“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,” 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 [Sky Bet] League One club Barnsley.
“We are delighted to have signed a very promising striker who has played League football and scored goals wherever he's been.”
During his previous stint in England, Smith played for League One side Crawley Town and was loaned out to Met Police, Havant and Waterlooville, and Eastbourne Borough before being released.
Smith, who played for Bermuda in their World Cup qualifiers, resurfaced in Finland with PS Kemi Kings before moving to Norway's Floy IL.
Gloucester host Harrogate in the league on October 3.
n Freddy Hall and his Limerick team could only manage a draw against Bray Wanderers this past weekend.
Rooted to the bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick have now gone seven games unbeaten in their bid for survival.
If they are relegated, however, they may well look back on this game with more than a hint of regret.
Twice Limerick took the lead, and twice they allowed Ryan McEvoy, the Bray striker to level matters, leaving them shy of the win that would have seem them climb above Sligo and off the bottom of the table.