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Smith: "I’m loving it."

27 February 2018

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Chesterfield defender George Smith says that he's looking forward to making his Spireites debut, after joining the club from Northampton Town last month.

The full back, who had made made six appearances in League One for the Cobblers before signing for the Spireites, has now targeted a regluar run in Jack Lester's side after recovering from an ankle injury.

“I’m loving it,” he told iFollow. “A big thing for me is getting back fit again and getting back playing.

“Obviously, we need to get out of where we are at this moment in time and it was a good result on Saturday and we just need to kick on from there.”

Twenty-one-year-old Smith made the move from Sixfields – where he assisted the quickest goal in the stadium’s history after 21 seconds against Doncaster Rovers – on deadline day of the January transfer window.

The defender explained how it all happened: “It was a busy deadline day to say the least,” he said.

“About two weeks into the January transfer window the gaffer at Northampton said if I wanted to leave I could do but the problem was obviously I was injured. So, it was just a case of whether or not anybody would take me whilst I was injured.

“There was nothing that came about and then all of a sudden Chesterfield and Grimsby came in for me on deadline day at literally around seven o’clock at night. So, I had four hours to sort out where I would be going,”

Smith added: “It was obviously going to be Chesterfield. I literally signed the papers at two minutes to eleven, at 10.58pm, it only just got done.”

Barnsley-born, he came through the academy at Oakwell in 2014, making 44 appearances in two years either side of loan spells to Bradford Park Avenue and Crawley Town.

He was at Gateshead last season before a transfer to Northampton at the beginning of this campaign. Smith describes what prompted the desire for his new challenge at the Proact.

“The manager,” he asserted. “I know the assistant manager Tommy Wright as well.

“The big thing is to stay up this season, if we do that there is a plan in place to crack on next season in this league.

“I felt like I would fit in this team too, it’s a good dressing room and a good set of lads and I feel like I have fitted straight in. All of them are brilliant.”

Smith will be joining a growing Barnsley contingent at the club, and the defender commented on how is already familiar with some of the squad.

“I probably know half of them to be fair because most of them are from around here,” he said. “I know Louis Reed from school, he was a year below me, Josh Kay, Jacob Brown and Chris O’Grady as well.”

After not featuring since January 1 and dealing with an ankle injury, Smith will be raring to join his team-mates and get his season going again.

Back in full training, he expects to train all week and be in contention for a place in the squad against Exeter after watching Saturday’s win over Swindon Town from the stands.

“I thought we were brilliant,” Smith said of the victory over the Robins. “I think we made it hard for ourselves, in the last 15 minutes especially with them having ten men but I think we controlled the game.

“When you are down there when you make mistakes they always seem to cost goals, but we didn’t do that on Saturday. And then as you can see we got three points against a team that is more than likely going to finish in the play-offs.

“It’s going to be a tough match, but we know as a squad that there is a lot of quality that could potentially beat any team in this league. You’ve seen it by beating Luton, so we know we can do it.”

Smith finished by telling all the Chesterfield fans exactly what they can expect from him, when he gets to take to the pitch.

He added: “I’m an attacking full-back, marauding up and down.

“First and foremost, I am a defender, so I can actually defend but nowadays modern full-backs you see bounding up and down the pitch and whipping balls in and being another attacking threat.”


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