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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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