09 June 2011

Boost for City as Dan signs on

From 'This is Cornwall'

WINGER Dan Smith has ended fears that he would quit Truro City in the summer by agreeing a new contract with the Blue Square Bet South club.

As revealed in last week's Sport Briton, the 21-year-old former Plymouth Argyle player had been made a final offer to stay for a second season at Treyew Road.

Truro City boost
And this week City boss Lee Hodges revealed that Smith, who made 34 starts last season scoring nine goals, had committed himself to the club.

Hodges said: "It is good news that Dan will be staying."

Now only right-back Barry McConnell, who had to give up his charity run from John O'Groats to Land's End because of a knee problem, has yet to confirm he will be staying at the club for a fourth season.

But Hodges is unconcerned, as he fully expects the former Exeter City defender to stay.

"I am certainly not looking for a new right back. Barry has been brilliant for us and is a seven out of ten every match."

Hodges also laughed off media speculation that he could be in line to take over as manager of his former club Torquay United following the departure of Paul Buckle to Bristol Rovers.

He said: "Someone told me I was 12-1 for the job, but while I am flattered to be linked with the job I certainly won't be wasting any money betting on myself. No one has been in touch at all.

"I have signed up for two years at Truro and am totally committed to the club so that is done and dusted. I really enjoyed my first season and although it is going to be twice as hard after being promoted I am really looking forward to it."

City's improved new status has again been illustrated after securing another prestigious pre-season friendly at home to league One side Yeovil Town on Saturday July 16 (3pm), for the first ever visit of the Somerset side to Treyew Road.

City have already agreed to play QPR, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United.
And Hodges is delighted with the quality of games his side face as they prepare for their first season in Step 2.

Hodges said: "It is a fantastic pre-season programme and brilliant for the boys.

"I am especially looking forward to going back to Plymouth Argyle."

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