Matt SmithOldham Athletic striker Matt Smith will become Brian McDermott’s first signing as Leeds United manager, the club has revealed.

McDermott said he has a “really good vibe” about the 6′ 6″ striker, likening his hunger and development potential to Dave Kitson and Adam Le Fondre, two lower league acquisitions he made while manager of Reading.

24-year old Smith was playing for Redditch United only 3 years ago, followed by spells at Littleton, Droylsden and Solihull Moors, before  the Birmingham-born striker got his big break at Oldham.

Pre-empting concerns that Leeds United will adopt a long-ball game to capitalise on the strikers considerable height, McDermott said “it’s a major asset, but it doesn’t mean to say we’ll be smashing long balls in” outlining Smith’s other strengths, such as his ability to hold the ball up.

Elsewhere, McDermott responded to comments made by Neil Warnock in his latest autobiography.

The former Leeds United boss described a toxic training ground atmosphere, caused in part, by a division and perceived jealousy between first and youth team squads. Part of McDermott’s plan, he said, is to create a “more inclusive” Thorp Arch, removing the cancerous division between Leeds United’s various squads.

McDermott also said he was surprised to find a training pitch “miles short of the pitch at Elland Road.”

22 Responses

  1. adam

    good signing.i expect he will be used as an impact sub anyway.hopefully we can get morison playing again

  2. GARY

    lets hope this boy can play a bit too not just using his height, im sure mac will sign a quality striker too one with pace and hopefully bring this boy on to challenge the other big idiot we bought, joking aside i think the norwich signing will come good after a pre season and bring on matt, we need 4 strikers so one now needed with pace, lets hope for a le fondre, or sharp or even beckford back a poacher is needed as well as a pacy striker, from gary in leeds, ps, if we can get these in plus a good midfielder and top centre half leeds will be challenging, come on ye whites MOT

  3. mrbigwheels

    Now we are rolling… On the Thorp Arch modifications and integration of playing teams, NW has gone so the atmosphere between him and NR has disappeared also. As for training pitch size… McD is in charge totally. The devil will be in the detail this season.
    Massive improvements without even kicking a ball.

    • TSS

      Totally baffled by the TA pitch, I can’t understand why they built a pitch smaller than that at Elland Road in the first place?

      These things are governed too, professional football pitches have to meet certain measurements, so if Thorp Arch was “miles shorter” than Elland Road, then presumably, it’s miles shorter than every other pitch in the league too… Very odd.

      • Irving08

        The size of the Elland Road pitch has not been constant. Didn’t Wilko alter it – or was it someone else ? Still It’s usually width that gets altered, so bafflement is in order.

  4. maccon

    first thoughts are ,bad signing,we need proven quality,has no history of being anything special and is 24,hope i am wrong.we need quality to go up!!!!!MOT>

  5. fraquar

    This kid gave the Everton back line all kinds of problems in those 2 FA cup ties – he should fit in nicely in the Championship.

    • Chareose

      Nice Ron, this footage also shows another possible Leeds signing scoring too…. Reece Wabara….

  6. Tyler75

    I like this – we’ve always done best with ‘under the radar’ signings – young, hungry players with something to prove, who are desperate to take their chance at a club like Leeds – Snods, Max, Becchio, Beckford and Johnson spring to mind over recent years – but this is also how the Don used to do his recruitment.

  7. Colin

    I think it’s a refreshing signing. Much happier that we are looking at young prospects rather than old boys who have already peaked in their career.
    That said, I think this is a sign of things to come. The first signing of the season is a free agent. McDermott has spoken about wanting ‘hungry’ players. That sounds to me like there isn’t too much money available to spend (sounds familiar?) and that McDermott will have to wheel and deal in the transfer market.

  8. Paul Stringer

    Over the moon that we are looking at Young prospects rather than Journeymen. MOT

  9. number1inyorkshire

    normally positive about these sort of signings but this is await and see ,no real record ,had a couple of good games against everton in cup .so dont know he was free alright they wanted to re-sign him and apparently others wanted him not the start i envisaged for the 1st signing …

    • Chareose

      He scored 4 times V Liverpool and Everton and 14 times in 21 full starts for Oldham….hes a good prospect bought for a free… GJ BM

  10. gistheman

    Firstly I’d like to say welcome mat to Leeds hope it can be good for all.
    When have gfh or bm come out and said they don’t have money to buy players???
    Gfh have said there is money made available for bm and bm has said he is looking at every source of getting players in which includes buying. Stand up and support the team and bm for a change instead of just moaning about everything.
    Remember the words we sing mot

  11. Matthew

    Some people are looking at his goal scoring record but worth noting most of his appearances were as a sub for Oldham. This is a solid signing that will come good.


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