League Two - Smikle joins Cheltenham

PA Sport - Mon, 17 May 14:31:00 2010

Mark Yates has wasted no time strengthening his Cheltenham squad with the acquisition of winger Brian 'Junior' Smikle from former employers Kidderminster.

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The 24-year-old becomes Yates's first signing since he guided the Robins to League Two survival, penning an initial one-year deal as a free agent after declining the offer off a new deal with Harriers.

Smikle played under Cheltenham boss Yates and first-team coach Neil Howarth for three-and-a-half seasons before their move to Whaddon Road back in December.

And having been reunited, Howarth told the club`s official website: "Junior is an exciting player who has got pace, enthusiasm and plenty of endeavour. He is tricky, gets in his fair share of shots at goal and was a firm favourite with the supporters at Kidderminster.

"Over the past two seasons he has been as good as any player in the Blue Square Premier and a lot of clubs were interested in signing him so it`s great that he has come to us.

"Junior had a couple of better financial offers on the table but has chosen to join us because he has worked with Mark and I before and he knows he will enjoy it."

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