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Smith returns to strengthen defence

10 months ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City Football Club are delighted to announce the return of defender Chris Smith for the remainder of the season.

Having been recalled by Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys just over a week ago, the Clarets can confirm that Smith has returned to Chelmsford City Football Club.

The defender returns for his second spell under Rod Stringer at the Melbourne Community Stadium following an impressive tenure earlier this term. Having made his debut as a second-half substitute at Poole Town, 19-year-old Smith went on to cement his place in the starting eleven before becoming a fan-favourite with the Claret Army as he made over fifteen appearances for the Clarets.

Chelmsford had extended Smith’s stay for another month prior to his recall, however an injury crisis with the Blues meant that he was required at Portman Road where he took a spot on the substitutes bench in the Sky Bet Championship tie against Leeds United.

The Ipswich-born defender became a schoolboy with the Tractor Boys in 2006 before signing a two year scholarship in 2014. He then signed a one-year pro deal in July 2016 before extending his stay at Portman Road for another year at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

Smith has featured heavily for Town's under-23 side recently, thus warranting his first-team call-up in the EFL Cup, however the opportunity of first-team football has been offered once again with Rod Stringer's Chelmsford City.

Smith is unavailable for selection tomorrow afternoon’s Vanarama National League South fixture against Hampton & Richmond due to an injury, however it is expected that the defender will make a return in the BBC Essex Senior Cup Semi-Final tie at East Thurrock United on Tuesday evening.

Everyone at Chelmsford City Football Club looks forward to welcoming Chris back to the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Where next?

Hampton & Richmond Borough (League) Preview: Clarets prepare for difficult task Chelmsford City host Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Vanarama National League South tomorrow. (3pm kick-off).
Hemel Hempstead Preview (League): Clarets travel to Tudors for third attempt Chelmsford City face Hemel Hempstead at Vauxhall Road in the Vanarama National League South on Tuesday night (7:45pm kick-off).

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