Cheltenham Town have today completed the club’s seventh new addition of the summer with the signing of highly-rated young midfielder Tom Smith.
Smith, 20, has agreed a two-year deal to move to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and join the Robins, subject to completing a medical.
He joins new recruits Johnny Mullins, Ben Tozer, Conor Thomas, Chris Hussey, Ryan Broom and Alex Addai in Gary Johnson’s new-look squad ahead of the new Sky Bet League Two season.
Smith had previously spent 12 years at Swindon Town, after joining the club as an eight-year-old, making his first team debut in April 2015 aged 17.
The Swindon-born midfielder spent two spells at Bath City last season, scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances in National League South for the Romans.
Smith said: “I’m delighted to be joining Cheltenham Town and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.
“I enjoyed my time at Swindon Town and have a lot of respect for the fanbase there, but now is the right time for me to start afresh at a new club.
“I also want to thank Bath City and manager Jerry Gill for the support last season and giving me the opportunity to continue my development and improve myself as a player.
“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and met him a number of times and you can see the ambition at Cheltenham next season with the kind of players that are being signed up. I’m excited to be a part of a new-look group.
“From a personal perspective, I want to be playing regular football and feel I can blossom at Cheltenham Town. It’s the right place for me to kick on and really make my mark.”
Manager Gary Johnson said: “We’ve had an eye on Tom for a few years, ever since he broke into the Swindon team.
“He has developed into a very good footballer with real energy to his game and he will fit right into the ethos at the club very well.
“He is a pocket dynamo in midfield who can find a pass and who always has a goal in him.
“Tom is determined to kick on his career and we believe we can help him achieve that aim at Cheltenham.”