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Vanarama National League South club Chelmsford City have signed defender Chris Smith from SkyBet Championship side Ipswich Town.

Smith moves to the Melbourne Stadium on a month`s loan deal.

Nineteen-year-old Smith made his full debut for the Suffolk side earlier this season as he came on as a second half substitute in the EFL Cup defeat at Crystal Palace.

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 with Rod Stringer’s Clarets.

Smith is immediately made available for selection for Chelmsford’s visit to Poole Town this weekend.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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