Former Chelsea starlet signs for League One Crawley Town

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Former Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jimmy Smith was touted for the very top at Chelsea, but aside from his debut in 2006 he didn't get another look in under Mourinho.

Crawley Town have secured Stevenage vice-captain and key player Jimmy Smith for an undisclosed low five-figure sum.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told the official club website: 'I spoke to all the players at the end of the season and Jimmy was very clear that he didn't want to play League Two football. At this time of year, there is no point in hanging on to players who want to be elsewhere and who have suitors waiting to buy them.

'Crawley made an offer, I agreed a deal and Jimmy has departed. I wish him well. He wore the armband as vice-captain and he was a good professional.'

After being released by Leyton Orient last summer, the player signed for Stevenage and quickly became a key part of the side. He went on to make 47 appearances in all competitions for the Hertfordshire club, scoring three goals.

On the move, the player himself said: 'I thought I'd done well [at Stevenage] I played probably every week and got a few goals as well. I played in a few positions but mainly I like to be in central midfield, getting on the ball and scoring goals.'

The move will reunite the former Chelsea youngser with John Gregory, the man he played under when on-loan at Queens Park Rangers. Crawley fans will be hoping to a similar kind of form he showed back then, hitting an impressive six goals in 29 games from midfield.

The move to Crawley will give the player a chance to rejuvenate his career and help the Red Devils to hopefully reach the Championship next season.

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