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Smith ready for action

19 August 2012

New signing Paul Smith hopes his move to Southend United can give him back regular first team football.

Smith, 32, signed a two-year deal at Roots Hall on Saturday morning prior to Blues 1-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley.

And now the former Nottingham Forest stopper is eyeing the number one jersey at Roots Hall.

“It was an easy decision to sign in the end despite a fair bit of interest from other clubs in the summer,” Smith exclusively told the official website.

“At Forest in the last few seasons I haven’t played as much as I would have hoped for.

“I am looking forward to coming here and getting out on the pitch.

“I have come to play as many games of football as I can this season and be part of a successful side. 

“We will have to see what happens next week but I hope I can be involved at either Oxford or Northampton.”

Smith has made 279 career appearances for Brentford, Southampton, Forest and Middlebrough.

However, his starts have been limited in the past season due to the form of Northern Ireland international Lee Camp.

Smith, after six-years at the City Ground, was released by the Championship side at the end of last season.

And having spent a couple of days training with Bristol Rovers and former Forest keeper Dave Beasant, Smith is now looking forward to getting settled in at Southend United.

“Over the summer I have been keeping fit, it feels like I have done the Tour de France with the amount of bike riding I have done,” he joked.

“From that point of few I feel sharp so now it is a case of working with Terry Mason a young and up and coming goalkeeping coach. 

“I have heard good reports about him which was a massive factor in signing.”

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