As the Cork City squad head up North for their first Monday Night Football outing of the season the club have announced that another striker, Dan Smith has joined the club on a short term loan.
Smith 19, arrives from English League One side Portsmouth. He has spent some time this season on-loan at Bognor Regis Town in the Isthmian League, where he was prolific, scoring 12 goals in 19 games.
With his international clearance secured he will go straight into the City squad for the game against Sligo Rovers.
Having received the news that fellow new boy Matthew Gillam will be out for a number of weeks after suffering a hamstring injury prior to the season opener against St. Pat’s, City boss Caulfield was forced into making another addiction to the squad. Caulfield was disappointed for Gillam, “It is very disappointing for Matthew. He pulled his hamstring and will be out for 8-10 weeks, so it is great to get Dan in to give us another option because we need options in the attacking area. We will need to work with him, but the early indications are that he will have an impact for us. He has an eye for goal and hopefully that will be the case over the next number of weeks.”
The City boss is happy with his new singing, “We are very happy. He comes highly recommended from Portsmouth. He is a big strong lad, with a very good touch and he looks like a good finisher. He has trained with us, but he obviously needs to get up to the intensity and the pace of our game. He was at our game against Waterford and he said it was a higher intensity than he had been playing at, so we will work to get him up to the speed of things, but he will go straight into the squad for the Sligo game.”
The youngster Smith knows he has lots of work ahead of him saying, “The intensity of training was great, and the lads are really good players; it was hard work to be honest! I maybe need to work on my fitness, but I thought I did well and I am looking forward to maybe getting some game time.”
“A lot of people said to me that the standard would be a lot higher than you would think, and it definitely is. The intensity and the work rate of the lads is top drawer, so I am looking forward to it. I am coming over to get games and to get goals, experience it over here and hopefully do well. I win a lot of headers, hold the ball up reasonably well, run the lines, run in behind and score a few goals as well, so hopefully I can do that here.”
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