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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
Swansea sign Smith
David Smith (right) in action for Grimsby against Norwich
David Smith (right) spent four years at Grimsby
Swansea City have made it seven new signings in the close season with the capture of Grimsby wing-back David Smith.

The 34-year-old has agreed a 12-month deal with the Swans after being released following four years at Blundell Park.

Smith began his career at Coventry, making 10 appearances for England under-21s, before moving on to Birmingham and West Brom.

He joined Grimsby for 200,000 in 1998 and has totalled over 400 league appearances during his career.

Swansea player-coach Nick Cusack was delighted to have clinched the deal, saying: "David has a very good pedigree, has been at top clubs, and we're delighted to have him at the Vetch Field.

Big benefit

"He's in great shape, and people I have spoken to speak very highly of him, people like Lennie Lawrence when he was manager at Grimsby.

"David has a really good professional attitude, and his experience and ability will also be of benefit to the club's younger players."

Smith joins Paul Reid, Matt Murphy, James Thomas, John Keaveney, Andrew Marsh and Michael Jackson as new faces at the Vetch.

Cusack told the Swansea City official website: "Next season we will have players in the side who really know the game.

"The signing of David Smith shows that if anybody thinks we are going to kick our way out of the division, then they're wrong."

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