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Smith Returns To Royals On A Permanent Basis

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Sutton Coldfield Town have moved quickly to sign Lee Smith following his departure from Evo-Stik League Premier rivals Hednesford Town.

Smith first came to prominence at Romulus in the 2013/14 season, captaining the club and attracting interest from a number of clubs further up the pyramid.

After spending time at Tamworth in pre-season, the Lambs signed Smith on a one-year deal.

His progress was halted in the cruellest of ways at Gainsborough Trinity in September 2015; an off-the ball clash saw him stretchered-off and taken to hospital, where he was placed in intensive care and underwent an operation to have his spleen removed.

He returned to action two months later, but struggled to work his way back into Andy Morrell’s plans and was allowed to join Sutton Coldfield on loan in September 2016 to gain first-team football.

A month later, he was re-called by Tamworth, but allowed to leave on a dual registration deal to join Rushall Olympic a month later.

He left the Lambs at the end of the 2016/17 season and was swiftly snapped up by new Hednesford manager Neil Tooth, who had been impressed by Smith when he had taken him on loan at Sutton Coldfield the previous season.

Current Royals` manager Richard Sneekes said: “Lee has been a long-term target for us and we thought we would see him with us for the start of the season but we couldn’t quite get the deal done and Lee joined Hednesford. It’s not worked out for him there with a limited amount of pitch time so we are delighted to get him on board now”.

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