Smith backs Daniels to go up

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Departing striker Jordan Smith is backing the Daniels for promotion this season.

Smith was recruited from Conference side Tamworth early in the summer and had scored six times for Stamford in the league already this season - and that form caught the attention of Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Ilkeston.

The Daniels announced his departure on Friday but Smith backs his former team-mates to join him in the top flight next season.

Smith said: “I’ve told them [the Stamford players] I expect them to get promoted, I would love to play against them one day at a higher level.

“They are ambitious and the set up is good, I hope they’ll go on from here. I fully expect them to.

“The offer was a good one but it wasn’t easy for me to make the move, knowing what I’d be leaving. It had to be a good opportunity to tempt me away.

“There are a lot of really good people at the club - the players, the manager, the chairman, the fans - everyone has been good to me. They are good supporters at Stamford.

“I’ve had a really good time and the gaffer has looked after me and I’d like to thank him for that. I’ll stay in touch and I wish the team good luck for the rest of the season.”

Daniels boss Graham Drury added: “Jordan came to us from the Conference North and he made it clear he had ambitions to return to, at least, that level when he signed.

“It was a real coup for us to persuade him to drop down two levels below where he’d been.

“He knew that Stamford were ambitious too and we could be a good fit for each other because we have our own ambitions.

“We were aware of the interest in him and he started the season well and continued to catch people’s attention. He perhaps only has a couple of seasons in which to make the step up to a level where he can make a decent living from the game and the opportunity at Ilkeston means he’ll be playing in better facilities, against better teams and they’ll be scouts from the Nottingham area tracking his progress at that level.

“Jordan has been honest with me in every respect of his time with Stamford. We’ll be the first club he’ll think about if the move doesn’t work out and the door will always be open to him.”