Blue Square Bet
Published 8th June 2011
...Edmondson held talks with the full-back. Smyth was released by npower League Two side Accrington Stanley at the end of the season and Edmondson has moved quickly to speak to the 20-year-old.
Impressing during his eleven-game stint at Workington, Smyth is also being chased by a number of Reds’ league rivals.
Edmondson is under no illusions that capturing the defender will take a lot of work but he’s determined to get his man.
He said: “Tom did very well for us last year and deserved a chance to show what he could do for Accrington.
“That hasn’t happened for him so he must move on and we’d very much like to have him here.
“Tom was one of the best signings we made last year and did well deputising for the injured lads and I’ve spoken to him about a return.
“We’re very early in the dialogue and I know other teams with bigger budgets are sniffing around him.
“It isn’t going to be easy to lure him back but he knows our set-up and he knows what a great bunch of lads we have in the dressing room.
“That might be the clincher for us because he adapted well to our level and us as a team.”
Smyth is currently on holiday but has promised to speak with Edmondson on his return in a couple of weeks.
Edmondson said: “Tom’s an honest lad and I’ll be happy to talk to him when he returns.
“He knows all about me and Viv Busby and would be made very welcome if he decides that Workington is the best place for him to continue his career.
“He knows dropping out of the Football League doesn’t mean he won’t make it as a professional. You just have to look at Adam Collin, Lee Novak, Steve Morrison and Chris Smalling to know that anything can happen.”