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Paul Hart signs Striker

Paul Hart signs Striker

The official site have just announced that Tommy Smith has signed for Pompey

Welcome aboard Tommy .. Let's hope for some happy times.

The statement on the Official Site read

Tommy Smith has signed a four-year contract with Pompey.

The 29-year-old forward joins from Watford for an undisclosed fee.

He said he was delighted to be at Fratton Park.

"I spoke to Paul Hart and it sounded brilliant. Everything down here is certainly what I was looking for and I`m sure I`ve made the right decision.

"The supporters here are well renowned for being fantastic, loyal and very, very noisy.

"When I`ve played here the atmosphere`s been electric and it`ll be nice to play on the right side of them this time, so I`m looking forward to it."

Blues boss Paul Hart said: "I`ve liked Tommy for a long time. He`s clever, infectious, enthusiastic and a hard worker.

"He can play as a centre-forward, behind the centre-forward or out wide, so covers a lot of positions. He`s going to be a great asset to us."

Smith scored 17 times for Watford in the Championship last season, with another nine assists.

Happy playing through the centre or wide on the right, Smith has already got on the scoresheet twice for the Hornets this season.

Smith has had two seasons in the Premier League with Watford, the most recent in 2006/7.

He spent a year at Sunderland and another two at Derby before returning for his second spell Vicarage Road.

Smith is Pompey`s sixth signing of the summer following the captures of Frederic Piquionne, Aaron Mokoena, Steve Finnan, Antti Niemi and Anthony Vanden Borre.

Thoughts fellas .. A welcome addition or another 'Nugent' as always post your thoughts below

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Date:Thursday August 27 2009
Time: 2:30PM


"Smith is Pompey`s sixth signing of the summer following the captures of Frederic Piquionne, Aaron Mokoena, Steve Finnan, Antti Niemi and Anthony Vanden Borre." I think the last paragraph says it all ! We need bodies and those are starting to come in, It's just the quality that we are failing to get right. If (sorry, When) Distin departs that will be the final straw in a quality strewn Pompey that managed mid-table (ish) security, an FA Cup and a place in Europe! Now I know we have to re-evaluate our position and our aspirations, but I for one don't aspire being in the Fizzy pop league. Not at £600 for my season ticket. Now if they refund me £200 for this seasons ticket for the type of football, results and end product we are likely to get - Then, I will re-evaluate my aspirations.
27/08/2009 14:41:00
If Tommy knows where the Net is, then whats the Problem, I welcome ANYONE who can score a goal.
27/08/2009 14:43:00
"I spoke to Paul Hart and it sounded brilliant. Everything down here is certainly what I was looking for and I`m sure I`ve made the right decision. Welcome aboard Tommy, But could you elaborate which bits sound brilliant please!
27/08/2009 14:48:00
The "...and this is the contract we will offer you...." bit
27/08/2009 14:50:00
Four of the new players can play in more than one position. PH seems to like the 'jack of all trades' type rather than the masters of one position.
27/08/2009 14:50:00
agreed midge, although whats the bet he gets played out wide just like 2 of our others strikers lol (ffs play utaka as a striker hart, we've seen he does better there!) although i'd like to see him play behind the striker where kranjcar plays when he can be bothered.. we desperately need someone coming from midfield into the box to score goals
27/08/2009 14:51:00
Midge Ure wearing those bright spectacles !! (do you see what I did) - Sorry couldn't resist! I also welcome Tommy, it's the bigger picture I'm worried about
27/08/2009 14:52:00
I think this spells the end for Nugent ,, especially after the sitter he missed on Tuesday.. If Tommy can put chances away like that he'll be great. (Hopefully) a good signing.. Well done Paul Hart . another one to add to the numbers .. they all count.
27/08/2009 14:55:00
his career record of 1 goal in every 5 games doesn't suggest he's the man we need. he's played 400 odd games and only 23 games and 2 goals in premiership. This signing says to me that Paul Hart has given up on this season and is trying to get a team used to playing with each other for next season. His premiership games came early in his career, i'm sure he'd have been snapped up by someone before if he was premiership quality.
Steve C
27/08/2009 15:07:00
Tommy is ok I think...not a world beater, not an up and coming star..but an experienced quick clever skillful player...just a bit old and not the real prem quality..but will do for now....Where is dindane?...More *Shittu type player links about Sunderland cast offs this time on the net now
plymouth graham
27/08/2009 15:08:00
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