Lee Smith | midfield

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WALSALL

23.2.1991

6ft

@LEESMITH_01

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Highly experienced midfielder who rejoined Hednesford in June 2020 from local rivals Rushall Olympic

A tigerish, committed midfielder, Smith came to prominence at Romulus in the 2013-2014 season, captaining the club and attracting interest from a number of clubs further up the pyramid. After spending time at Vanarama National League North Tamworth in pre-season, the Lambs signed Smith on a one year deal. After working his way into the side, Smith's progress was halted in the cruellest of ways at Gainsborough Trinity in September 2015; an off-the-ball clash saw Smith stretchered off and taken to hospital, where he was placed in intensive care and underwent an operation to have his spleen removed

He returned to action two months later, but struggled to work his way back into Andy Morrell's plans and was allowed to join Sutton Coldfield Town on loan in September 2016 to gain first-team football. A month later, he was recalled by Tamworth, but allowed to leave on a dual registration deal to join Rushall Olympic a month later

He left Tamworth at the end of the 2016-2017 and was swiftly snapped up by new Hednesford manager Neil Tooth, who had been impressed by Smith when he had taken him on loan at Sutton Coldfield the previous season. After starting the season in the first XI, Smith dropped out of favour and was allowed to rejoin Sutton Coldfield on a permanent deal in September 2017

Under Tooth's leadership once he had returned to Sutton from Hednesford, Smith did well in a struggling Royals side that ultimately dropped back to step four at the end of the season. He agreed a new deal with the Royals for the following season despite their relegation and performed well during the first few months of the 2018-2019 campaign to earn another shot at step three with a return to Rushall Olympic in December 2018

His next eighteen months at Dales Lane was a success as Smith became a regular fixture in Liam McDonald's side as they finished just outside the Southern Premier League Central play-offs in May 2019

Another fine campaign for the Pics followed in the short-lived 2019-2020 season for Smith as he was once again a regular starter in midfield with twenty-four starts before the season was brought to a halt in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

In June 2020, new Hednesford manager Morrell - his former gaffer at Tamworth - moved to bring Smith back to the club ahead of the 2020-2021 Southern Premier League Central campaign

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019-2020 season was voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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