Barnsley: Reds sign Swindon striker on four-month loan

Michael Smith in action for Swindon against Sheffield United at the weekend
Michael Smith in action for Swindon against Sheffield United at the weekend
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Barnsley have signed Swindon Town striker Michael Smith on a four-month loan deal.

The Reds tried to sign Smith on a permanent deal but had a bid rejected by the Robins.

But boss Lee Johnson has preserved with his chase for the player and manager to agree yet another loan deal.

Midfielders Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell are currently at Oakwell on loan, as is Arsenal young gun Dan Crowley.

Winger Kadeem Harris is on a 93-day loan with the Reds, with Bolton striker Conor Wilkinson also fighting for a first team place.

And so Smith’s arrival means that the Reds now have six loan players on their books, with only five allowed in a match-day squad.

Smith has scored 26 goals in 71 appearances for the Robins, but has yet to score in four matches so far this season.

Last season the Wallsend-born marksman netted 18 goals in 46 appearances, although he failed to score in the two appearances he made against Barnsley last term, once given a starting role and once as a second half substitute.

Earlier in the day the Reds converted Nick Townsend’s initial loan move into a permanent three-year deal, while Gloucester City striker Harry White joined on a two-year deal.

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