Smudger says no to new deal

Last updated : 29 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

Smith was without a club for the first four months of the 2001/02 season after the Clarets released him. He was involved in a very public spat with Rochdale boss Steve Parkin when he didn’t respond to an offer from the 3rd Division club.

But after a short trial he won a contract with the club nearest to where he was brought up, Hartlepool, and was the star of the show for them as they reached the play offs. Many of the goals came from Smith crosses and he was officially credited with 30 assists.

This season though has not always been the best with the old familiar story of injuries blighting his season. After missing three months he did win his place back but he has not been anything like as effective as he was in his first season there.

However he was offered a new improved deal but he has turned it down and rather than negotiate Hartlepool have instead said goodbye to the player.

Having won promotion he was expected to stay but it looks very likely that he will remain in the 2nd Division and will be signing for arguably the biggest club in the division, Sheffield Wednesday who are managed by his former Hartlepool boss Chris Turner.

One other former Claret is hoping to win a deal with a Yorkshire club and has said it will be the move of his dreams if it comes off. Tom Cowan has been released by York City and is hopeful of winning a contract with Huddersfield. He said that they are the club he enjoyed playing for most, he loves the fans there and it would be a dream come true if he was to re-sign for them.