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Cheltenham Town sign Kidderminster winger Brian Smikle

Brian Smikle
Smikle began his career at West Brom before moving to Kidderminster

Kidderminster winger Brian Smikle has become Cheltenham's first summer signing after agreeing a one-year deal.

The 24-year-old worked with Robins boss Mark Yates and coach Neil Howarth for more than three years at Aggborough and joins as a free agent.

"He's been excellent at Kidderminster the last three or four seasons," Howarth told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"He's a goal threat, a very attack-minded player. He's one of the hardest workers and fittest lads you'll find."

Smikle scored 13 goals for Harriers in the 2009-10 season, finishing as the Blue Square Premier club's top scorer and winning the club's player of the year award.

Predominantly right-footed, he has turned into a mostly left-sided player, but Howarth insists the winger can operated down either flank.

"He came to us at Kidderminster as a right winger and he was in and out of the team in the first season," he said.

"Since then he's moved over to the left and he's perhaps had more success on the left, but he's one of those if he was back on the right hand side he'd be as comfortable there.

"I think he's improved as a player over the last couple of years and it's just coincidence he's done well on the left."

Smikle is the second player Cheltenham have under contract for next season, with young winger Marley Watkins already having a deal.



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