Woking have signed striker Sam Smith from National League North side Brackley Town.

Brackley originally signed Smith on loan from league rivals AFC Telford United towards the beginning of the season before making the move a more permanent one.

Smith started his professional career with the sadly now defunct Rushden & Diamonds.

He made his League debut with a substitute appearance against Cambridge United in April 2008 and then went on to make his first League start against Oxford United later that month, scoring his debut goal in the final game of the season against Aldershot. That goal was scored a few days before his 18th birthday, although not quite early enough to shade Lee Tomlin`s record for the youngest player to score a league goal for the club.

He was then offered and signed a three-year contract, prior to the start of the 2008/09 season.

He finished the season as joint top league goalscorer with 8 goals, as well as joint top overall goalscorer with 9 goals in his thirty-one appearances.

At the end of October 2009, he went on loan to Corby Town for one month, returning to Nene Park at the end of November.

He then went on a further month’s loan to Hinckley United in December, but again returned from loan during Diamonds push for a play-off place at the end of the 2009/10 season.

The following season, an injury during pre-season saw him sidelined until November 2010, and just as he had the opportunity to establish himself in the side, another injury in February meant he had to sit out the remainder of the season.

He was released in May 2011 and in July he joined Lincoln City after their relegation from the Football League, taking up an extension to his contract for the following season.

In August 2012 he transferred to Cambridge United for an undisclosed fee.

He scored 2 times in twenty appearances for the U’s, but in June 2013, he went out on a season-long loan to then league rivals Hereford United, scoring 4 times in thirty-four appearances.

On his return to Cambridge he was released and signed for newly-promoted AFC Telford United in the summer of 2014 and went on to make thirty-four appearances and score 7 goals.

He played in the opening five games at the start of the season, but decided to take up the offer of joining Brackley on loan and then permanently.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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