Martin Smith has made the move to Swindon Town on a one year deal (c) Presseye

SMITH MOVES FROM BANNSIDERS TO SWINDON

Coleraine midfielder Martin Smith has left the Showgrounds to move back to the Football League, signing a one year deal with League Two side Swindon Town.

The English born midfielder joined the Bannsiders in October 2017 on a short term deal and played a key role in their success in the Irish Cup and finishing as runners-up in the thrilling Danske Bank Premiership title race.

22-year-old Smith previously had spells with Gateshead, Carlisle United and Kilmarnock having started his career as a youth team player at Sunderland. He scored two goals in his 27 appearances for the North West club.

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney told the official Coleraine website; I’m sure that Martin will relish the opportunity of playing in England again, he is a top man and was a likeable character around the changing room.”

“I’m sure the fans, the players and everyone connected with the club wish Martin the best of luck at Swindon Town”

Smith becomes the second player to leave the Bannsiders for professional football this summer, following Stephen Dooley’s move to League One club, Rochdale.

Kearney’s Bannsiders will be working towards the trip to Serbian side Spartak Subotica next Thursday (12 July) in the Europa League First Qualifying Round.

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