Goalkeeper Mark Smith has signed a new one-year contract with Aldershot Town.
The 21 year-old made 12 appearances last season after joining from Brentford, keeping four clean sheets and impressing as deputy to Jake Cole.
Smith was a member of The Bees’ first-team squad on several occasions in 2015-16 but spent the majority of the season on loan, with Lowestoft Town and in 25 appearances for Hampton and Richmond Borough. Smith, who grew up as a Brentford fan, played a major role as The Beavers won the Ryman Premier Division championship. He began his career at Queen’s Park Rangers and joined Brentford’s Development Squad in the summer of 2014. Signing a professional contract a year later, he also enjoyed a loan spell with Hitchin Town.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I think next year will be one step better,” admitted Smith. “We want to kick-on from this season and who knows what can happen? I want success for the Club and for me as well, and I want to play at the highest possible level.
“Overall I was pretty happy with my form, but I’ll always strive to want more and do better,” he said of his 12 appearances for The Shots. “My aim is to always keep improving and pulling Coley along with me – as long as we’re getting better as a unit that’s my job done. I need him to be playing well, I don’t want him to have a drop in form, but if there are times that I’m called upon I hope that I can step in and do a job.”
Smith is the 14th member of Gary Waddock’s current squad to sign new contracts for the 2017-18 season, following deals for Cheye Alexander, Nick Arnold, Jake Cole, Will Evans, Shamir Fenelon, Jake Gallagher, Idris Kanu, Jim Kellermann, Matt McClure, Bernard Mensah, Manny Oyeleke, Scott Rendell and Callum Reynolds.