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5 November 2012

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Midfielder Jonathan Smith arrives from York City

The Hatters have strengthened their midfield options ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Hereford by signing York City’s Jonathan Smith on loan until January 5th.

The 26-year-old central midfielder has been on Paul Buckle’s radar since the summer after helping Swindon to lift the League 2 title last term.

Smith missed just eight games and scored three goals as the Robins swept all before them under Paolo Di Canio season.

However, he left the County Ground in the summer to re-join the Minstermen who he left in June 2011 and, so far this season, Smith has made 13 appearances for City.

Capable of scoring goals – he scored 15 goals in two-and-a-half season whilst with Forest Green – Smith began his career as a youngster with Morecambe and has a fine reputation of a box-to-box midfielder.

A delighted Town boss told “Jonathan was a player I tried to sign in the summer. He played a major part in winning the title at Swindon so he gives us another winner in the squad.

“He was keen thought to stay in the Football League and we understood that but, I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to get him now.

“He joins at a time when the pitches are getting heavier  and he’ll give us that extra in centre of midfield.

“He played a disciplined role in midfield for Swindon last season in a deeper position where he was responsible for breaking up play and protecting the back defence, but he still popped up with three terrific goals.

“Jonathan’s arrival is a massive boost to us at a time when injuries and suspensions will crop up at an important segment of the season in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.”

Jonathan will wear squad number 24 and goes straight into the Town squad that travels to Edgar Street on Tuesday.

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