Caledonian Braves are delighted to make one of their first major signings of the season in 25 year old striker Jack Smith.
Jack came through the youth system at St Mirren FC, making a handful of first team appearances before moving on to have spells at East Fife and Greenock Morton. In the search for first team football after time at Arbroath, Jack dropped into the Lowland League where he had successful periods at East Kilbride and BSC Glasgow.
He latterly played at Ainslie Park for Spartans scoring 17 goals in 48 games in an injury plagued time in Edinburgh.
Here is what Jack had to say when we spoke to him for the first time as a Braves signing.
What made you decide to #jointhebrave for the new season?
“I was speaking to the gaffer towards the end of last season and I know the assistant Richie really well from my time at BSC Glasgow. I know what ambitions the club has I’m just looking forward to getting started.”
Talking about ambition do you believe that for you to get to the highest level you want to get to that here at Alliance Park is the place to be?
“ From everyone I have spoken to, they always say that Ricky’s coaching is excellent, I already know a few of the boys here too. When we (Spartans) played the Braves last season it was a really tough game so I’m excited to join that and really looking forward getting involved”
You started your career with St Mirren and ventured through various levels of the Lowland League. Do you feel that you have the experience in this league to push on and become that prolific striker that you showed you are capable of at Spartans?
“Hopefully I can score goals this season. Obviously Rossco (Ross McNeil) was here last year to score the goals so I want to help and add to that.
Is that something you are excited about, linking up and creating that partnership with Rossco?
“ That would be great, I played with him at East Kilbride, he’s a great player and goalscorer. I hope that we will be able to link up well and score a lot of goals this year.
Does the off the pitch ambitions appeal to you and is that something you think is exciting in moving Scottish football forward?
I think that the the way the club is operating both on and off the pitch is perfect for any players coming in. The app being set up will be a great and matches the forward thinking of the club. Fans having their say with voting rights etc is something unique in the Scottish game.
Did having our own brand new training facilities help convince you to sign?
Having our own training complex here at Alliance Park is perfect for the players and the coaches. It was really impressive for me and definitely helped play a part in making me move to the club.
What would be your message to the fans?
I am just looking forward to getting the games started as soon as possible and hopefully we can do them justice by having a strong season finishing high in the table and from my side, scoring lots of goals.
Braves manager Ricky Waddell on the importance of signing Jack. “I believe that Jack is the missing piece of puzzle for us up front. He is different type of player to what we have already got, he’s energetic and can run behind.
He will add that different dimension for us and I’m excited to get working with him on the pitch. He has pedigree in this league and will link up well with our other strikers.”
Watch Jack's First Interview over on BRAVES TV!