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Chris Smith: I’d happily go back to Chelmsford

Former Chelmsford City defender Chris Smith would “happily” return to the Clarets.

Chris Smith, 21, was released by Ipswich Town at the end of the season after a troublesome season.

The academy graduate found first-team chances limited this season as injuries plagued his spells on-loan.

Smith made just one appearance for the Blues as part of a young side that was beaten by Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup back in August 2017. The defender was also an unused substitute in a victory over Leeds United in January 2018.

The young defender spent the majority of the 2017/18 season on-loan with the Clarets and soon became a fan-favourite.

With Michael Spillane yet to put pen to paper over a new deal at Melbourne Park, and the recent releasing of Mark Haines and Kieran Khinda-John, City boss Rod Stringer could be on the search for a central defender.

Smith “loved” time at Chelmsford

It is unknown whether the Club have made a formal approach for Smith; however, the defender said he would happily join City.

“I spoke to Rod about a month ago and said I’m trying to find a League club if possible, but I’d happily play at Chelmsford again.” he explained.

“I loved it there before and I need to get some game time for the first time in a while. Whether I sign permanently, or on-loan from a League club, I’d happily go back to Chelmsford”

Smith impressed heavily during his two loan spells with City. The defender made 28 appearances in all competitions for City, but did not feature in the National League South play-off semi-final defeat to Hampton & Richmond Borough two seasons ago.

A major swinging factor in bringing Smith to Chelmsford is Stringer’s history in aiding players back into the Football League.

Strikers Rhys Murphy and Scott Fenwick left at the end of the season with League clubs interested; so Smith may use a spell at Chelmsford to gain match time and widen his opportunities.

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