Powell makes 18th summer signing

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Charlton Athletic boss Chris Powell completed his 18th signing of the summer with the deadline day capture of highly rated Darlington striker Michael Smith.

The 19-year-old spent a week on trial at The Valley towards the back end of last season, and made a considerable impression on the Addicks boss to earn himself a deal with the League One outfit.

"It's nice to be here, and I'm really happy and chuffed to get the deal done," said Smith. "I can't put it into words, really, and I'm still trying to get my head around it.

"I came down at the end of last season just before Darlington were playing at Wembley [in the FA Trophy final]. I was on trial for a week, had a game against West Ham United, and things stemmed from there.

"I thought I did well in the game and they obviously wanted me back, so I can't complain. Monday was a crazy day, really. I got the train straight down in the morning so it's been pretty hectic - non-stop."


With six goals in 37 appearances for Darlington last season, Smith has made only a solitary appearance from the bench for the Quakers this term. And whilst he values the experience of playing in the Blue Square Bet Premier, the towering forward is determined to make a success of his opportunity playing at a higher level.

"It was a great experience for me last season. I was chuffed to get the opportunity to play so often in the Blue Square Bet Premier," he continued. "Now I want to make an impact here at Charlton as soon as I can, and see how far I can go.

"The strikers here have been doing well. They've been there and done that, so it will be good to gain experience off them.

"I just can't wait [to get going]. I can't believe what's happening to me."

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