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Smith ends Ibrox affair with move to Cork


John Caulfield

John Caulfield

John Caulfield

Cork City

IRISH keeper Alan Smith has swapped Ibrox for Turner's Cross in a bid to get his career into gear.

The Cobh-born player had been on the books at Rangers for almost five years but was unable to work his way into the Gers' first team, and was recently told that his time at the club was up. He had come close to making a Gers breakthrough at the tail end of the 2012/13 season when he did make the first team, for a friendly against Linfield in front of 20,000 fans at Ibrox, but his competitive debut never came.

Smith, 21, has spent time training with Cork City and boss John Caulfield has announced Smith as the latest in a string of very promising signings, transfer moves which have seen ex-internationals Liam Miller and Alan Bennett hook up with the ambitious club for 2015.

The Cobh lad will have to dislodge Mark McNulty as first-choice keeper but he is glad to be back in Cork.

"I'm delighted. It's a big club and it is definitely going places again. It's a personal challenge for me as well; there are two good goalkeepers here already, which keeps you on your toes," said Smith.

The keeper made a brave decision to join Rangers as a schoolboy. "I made a football decision, nothing more than that," he said of his historic move from Crumlin United.

"Football was the only reason I came here, I didn't care about anything else and I wasn't bothered by what anyone thought of me signing for Rangers."