Salford City has completed the signing of Martin Smith, on a two-year contract, following his release from Swindon Town at the end of last season.
The 23-year-old started his career at Sunderland, and had loan spells at Gateshead United and Carlisle United, before moving to Kilmarnock permanently. Swindon signed the midfielder in 2018, he made 11 appearances last season, before leaving to join Salford.
Smith doesn’t bring a great deal of playing experience to Moor Lane, however, he’s been around the lower leagues throughout his career. So he will know the demands of League Two, and how important it is to maintain a good level of performance during a 46 game season.
Smith was highly-rated as a youngster, however, his career hasn’t gone to plan so far, perhaps this is the break he needs to kick-on. It’s all about him playing football, being happy and tasting success. Sunderland has had a great academy for many years, bringing through England internationals Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford, Smith played in the same academy side as them, which shows he’s got the talent. Salford will give him regular game time and an opportunity to start developing his career.
Martin Smith quotes
On arriving at Salford City, Smith said:
“I’ve had a journey in the game which has had some good moments and tough moments which got me here now but I’ve loved every minute of it, it’s something that I love doing. I love getting up each day and going to training and I love playing each week so this is a massive opportunity.
The clubs I’ve been at I’ve learnt a lot and developed as a person, as a player, and I feel I’m ready for this challenge and I’m ready to be successful and to help this club as much as I can to get to where we all want to be.”