Dundalk FC have bolstered their attacking options a little over two weeks before the start of the SSE Airtricity League season with the addition of attacker Cammy Smith, on loan from Scottish championship side Dundee United.
The 24-year-old will add to the fierce competition for places in attacking areas for Dundalk this season, with Patrick McEleney, John Moutney, Daniel Kelly, Michael Duffy, Will Patching and Lido Lotefa all jostling for positions behind strikers Patrick Hoban and Georgie Kelly. He joined the squad for a pre-season training camp in Spain last week, starting the game against Romanian side CFR Cluj.
Smith, who started his career at Aberdeen and had spell on loan at Dundee United and St Mirren before permanently joining the latter in 2017, enjoyed a memorable campaign in 2017/18 when he hit 10 goals for the Paisley based side en route to promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
However, he subsequently struggled in the top tier and rejoined Dundee United in the Championship where he hit two league goals in 17 appearances, just seven of them starts.
Now, the once highly-rated youngster is looking to get his career back on track at Oriel Park. A former Scotland Under 17 and Under 19 and Under 21 international, he appeared for Aberdeen in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers in 2014.
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Speaking to DundalkFC.com after signing, Smith said: “I had a proper look at the lads and they had a proper look at me in Spain which was really good. I’m here now to work hard and try and get back to enjoying my football.”
“I like to chip in with goals and create chances so I’d like to think that I’ll add something at the top end of the field,” he added.
Dundalk manager Vinny Perth said that Smith, once referred to by ex-Scotland boss Craig Brown as the ‘Bergkamp of Aberdeen’, would add flexibility to his squad. “Cammy is an extremely talented player who can play in any of the three positions behind the striker,” said Perth. “He is hardworking and an extremely technical player.”
“He is on loan until the summer with a view to making it a permanent deal and we obviously hope that happens because it will mean he has had a good spell with us.”
Smith is likely to make his Oriel Park debut in Tuesday night’s friendly match against Longford Town. He is pencilled in to play some part away to Coleraine in another pre-season fixture this evening.