Maidenhead United have made their third new signing of what is turning out to be a busy summer at York Road so far, with the capture of former Chippenham Town midfield man Josh Smile.

22-year-old Smile impressed over both ties as National League South Chippenham ran the Magpies close over two keenly-contested FA Cup ties last season. Smile was signed on Academy terms by Fulham in 2011, having started out at hometown club Oxford United.

He joins Henry Landers and Shamir Fenelon in signing, and Chief Scout Lee Devonshire gave the new arrival a glowing reference: “Josh Smile is someone who really came to our attention when planning for and coming up against Chippenham in the FA Cup last season. He is a talented footballer who has a good range of passing, both short and long and likes to play forward which is something we like.

“Josh is another one who is in his early twenties who will benefit from our new training model and is hungry to push on in his career.”


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