Imps secure Smith signing

City have agreed the signing of athletic young midfielder Alistair Smith, beating competition from a number of Sky Bet League One clubs for his signature.

Smith has agreed a two-year contract at the LNER Stadium and will join on a free transfer after the conclusion of his contract with Sutton United.

The 24-year-old midfielder has had an impressive two seasons with the Londoners, scoring 14 times in 78 appearances across his time with the club, and was named their Young Player of the Year in the 2022/23 campaign.

He chose City ahead of other clubs in this division as he believes it is the perfect place to continue his development.

He said: “I’ve got a really good vibe after meeting people like Jez George, Mark Kennedy and everyone else at the club. I can tell its a really close-knit group from top to bottom and it’s somewhere that is the right place for me to progress.

“I’m here to work hard for the team, I’m always going to leave everything on the pitch, then I’m looking to show I’m capable of playing at this level. I’m here to help the team push on and have a successful season.”

Imps head coach Mark Kennedy added: “We are delighted to sign Alistair. He will bring a lot of qualities to the group, will complement our other midfielders and will add athleticism, physicality and goals to the team. He suits our way of playing, fits into our system and is a really good piece of recruitment.”

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