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Matt Smith extends Bristol City loan spell after smashing nine goals in 12 games

Bristol City have extended striker Matt Smith's loan deal from Fulham until March 1st.

Bristol City have today confirmed on their official website that Fulham striker Matt Smith will stay at Ashton Gate until the start of March.

Smith, 25, has hit nine goals in just 12 games for the Robins, including all four goals against Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy earlier this month.

Manager Steve Cotterill has now extended Smith's loan stay with the club, with the huge target man penning a deal until March 1st - but they can't keep him beyond that.

Smith has already played for Leeds United and Fulham this season, meaning he can't play beyond March 1st under FIFA regulations.

Leeds sold Smith to their Championship rivals Fulham on deadline day back in September, bringing in around £500,000 for the former Oldham striker.

Now though, manager Neil Redfearn is on the lookout for a new striker, with Italian Leonardo Pavoletti and Catania's Edgar Cani linked recently.

Yet you have to wonder how Smith would have fared at Elland Road this season had they have kept him, having enjoyed so much success with Bristol City.

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