Nottingham Forest released Jordan Smith earlier this month and he’s now wanted by League Two outfit Stockport County. The Hatters are keen to strengthen their ranks following Play-Off Final heartache last month.
According to The Sun, the fourth-tier outfit are very keen on Smith. The player is available on a free transfer and he will currently be assessing all the options available to him.
Dave Challinor has got Stockport firing on all cylinders once again. He left Hartlepool to take the position at Edgeley Park and they reached the play-off final against the odds during 2022/23.
After losing to Carlisle on penalties, Stockport must prepare to go again. As a result, Challinor is targeting a new goalkeeper to try and help his team, with Smith firmly in his sights.
The 28-year-old left the City Ground earlier this month, ending 20 years of service for Forest. In 54 appearances for the Reds, he kept 12 clean sheets and always gave his all for the club.
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Smith often found himself playing second fiddle on Trentside. In recent years, he’s found himself as a third-choice option and in January he joined Huddersfield on loan for six months.
He never made an appearance for the Terriers, with boss Neil Warnock preferring other options. Now, the Reds have chosen not to extend his deal and he will hope to play regular football somewhere.
Stockport are in need of a new goalkeeper. Last season’s first choice Vitezslav Jaros has returned to Liverpool at the end of his loan; whilst Bobby Jones has been released at the end of his deal.
Ben Hinchcliffe does have another year to run on his existing deal. At 34, however, Challinor seemingly wants a younger stopper to come in and take over the gloves for the 2023/24 campaign.
Stockport want departed Forest man Smith
Following his departure from Forest, the player was praised by Steve Cooper. He praised his ‘excellent commitment‘ and also called him an ‘incredible servant’ to the club.
This would be a good deal for all parties. After several years of not playing any football, Smith desperately needs to get back on the pitch and start showcasing his credentials as a goalkeeper.
This would be a good move for Smith too. Stockport are one of the bigger clubs in League Two, they get exceptional crowds for that level of football and ultimately they have the ambition to be in a higher division.
The Reds supporters sent Smith on his way earlier this month. He was a respected character at Forest and as a top professional, the fan base will hope he can play lots of football at Edgeley Park.