Smith looks to hit ground running at Cheltenham
Jonté Smith says he has adapted well at his new club Cheltenham Town where he hopes to make a big impression.
The 25-year-old has signed a deal at the Sky Bet League Two side until January and could make his debut in their home match against Stevenage at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium tomorrow.
“I'm ready to go,” Smith told the Cheltenham website. “I'm fit; I've been looking after myself and ready to get started.
“I'm excited to get started and get out on a pitch in a competitive match.”
Smith is very familiar with the opposition having trained with them this summer.
“I was there for a little while training with them and they are a good team and do have a system of playing,” he said.
“I know they haven't had the best results of late so their confidence may not be where it should be. Hopefully we take advantage of that.”
Smith signed with Cheltenham on transfer deadline day.
“I've been trying to get this over the line for a while and it's finally happened, so I'm over the moon and excited to get started,” he added. “You always back yourself and your ability to perform well and that's what I'm here to prove. To get game time, score goals and play well and make an impression.
“I'm going to be working hard and coming in as often as I can. Coming in early, trying to do my extras to make that impression and more importantly try to get in the starting line-up and score some goals.”
Smith has been with Cheltenham since pre-season, featuring in a friendly against the Burnley under-23 side.
“I actually settled in pretty quickly,” Smith said. “As soon as I came in, the lads were making jokes with me and asking what I was doing here. I should be on Love Island.
“I settled in quickly and it gave me a chance to understand the manager's tactics and the way that he wants to play, so I'm coming here not completely fresh, but with a decent understanding of how he wants to play.”
Smith made himself unavailable for Bermuda's opening Concacaf Nations League home and away fixtures against Panama in League A, group B, as the final details of his deal at Cheltenham were being sorted out.
“I'd spoken to the manager [Kyle Lightbourne],” he said. “He contacted me asking if I was available for the upcoming games and I just had to explain to him that I need to get myself sorted first to try and get this deal over the line.
“He was very understanding and he won't hold it against me or anything like that.”