SHEFFIELD UNITED: Young striker Smith looks to the future by entering competition

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FORMER Sheffield United striker Joe Smith is aiming to get his career back on track after entering a nationwide competition to try and win a professional contract.

Smith, aged 21, applied for Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract in an attempt to secure a contract at either Swindon Town or Leyton Orient.

Smith, from Wakefield, said: “I was an academy player at Leeds until I was 16 before moving to Barnsley.

“My first league appearance came when I joined Sheffield United. Funnily enough, it was against Leyton Orient. It was a fantastic experience.

“At United I trained with Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton, who went on to Tottenham. They are top lads and it was obvious they were going to make it.

“I also played pro out in Sweden for Sanviken IF. I am now at Wakefield in the Evo-Stik First Division North. Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract will give me the chance to prove I am still good enough.”

For the first time since the Win a Pro competition launched in 2010, there will be two professional contracts on offer as Leyton Orient join Samsung’s existing partnership with Swindon Town.

Amateur players of all abilities can enter the competition, and this year two winners will each earn a one-year professional contract – one at each Football League club.

Hopefuls will be tested at regional trials and matches.

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