Date: Fri 02 Jun 2023

By Steve Whitney

Now Smerdon Commits to Martyrs

Merthyr Town have announced that defender Noah Smerdon has agreed terms ahead of the 2023/24 Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South season.

The left-footer started the 2022/23 season with Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division side Tuffley Rovers, prior to joining the Martyrs before a brief spell at league rivals Weston-super-Mare in 2021/22.

The 22-year-old signed for the Martyrs in September 2022 from Southern Division One South side Bishop's Cleeve, having only been with the Mitres for two months.

He was originally part of West Bromwich Albion’s academy, but he left in 2017 to take his A-Levels and play for home-town club Gloucester City, who were then in the Vanarama National League South.

In 2019 the former England Schoolboy international was signed by League One Exeter City and during his time at St James`s Park, he appeared on loan for Tiverton Town, playing 26 times and scoring 4 goals, and for National League South side Chippenham Town, for who he played 7 times.

Manager Paul Michael told his club’s website: “Noah’s a player with excellent experience at this level and above, he had a very good first season with Merthyr and we’re really pleased to have him back next season as I know he became a real favourite to a number of supporters with his forward runs and excellent recovery tackles.

“From a manager’s perspective he was given a very tough role at times last season pushing right up into the last line in attack and being expected to get back in instantly to defend. He showed the fitness level to be able to do it, along with good quality in all areas of the pitch. Noah’s just the type of player we need to keep at this stage of his career if we want to go to that next level as he’s another who’ll be better next season”.

Merthyr Town Web Site

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