Salford City Reds have confirmed the signing of Matty Smith from St Helens for the 2010 engage Super League on a season-long loan arrangement.
Smith spent the year on loan at Celtic Crusaders but the move north will see him playing much nearer his home town.
The highly-rated 22-year-old half-back joins the Reds’ young British revolution, and is set to star alongside homegrown talent such as Stefan Ratchford and Luke Adamson next season in an exciting line-up of future stars.
I’m absolutely made up to sign with the Reds. I know Willie Talau and Dean McGilvray obviously because of their St Helens connections, and they have said really good things about the place.
Smith made his debut for St Helens in 2006 against Huddersfield and has gone on to be very much in demand in the seasons since. He has scored three tries, two goals and a drop goal in 14 appearances for the Crusaders this term.
Director of Football Steve Simms said: “Matty is one of the best up-and-coming half-backs in the country and he was looking to move back up this way so we have grabbed the opportunity.
“It’s a 12 month loan-deal and he will be with us for the full year and after that we’ll see what happens. We look forward to him joining us for pre-season training.”
Former Everton FC junior star Matty Smith meanwhile was delighted to have signed with the Willows outfit and said: “I’m absolutely made up to sign with the Reds. I know Willie Talau and Dean McGilvray obviously because of their St Helens connections, and they have said really good things about the place and said it’s a great club to be at, so I’m really looking forward to getting cracking there in November.
“I’ve had a good time at Celtic and enjoyed it a lot, but it’s been difficult living away from home so it will be good to be playing back up North again.”