Michael Smith: Swindon Town striker happy at club

Michael Smith
Michael Smith joined Swindon Town from Charlton Athletic in January 2014

Swindon Town striker Michael Smith has said he is happy at the County Ground, having returned to the team.

The forward was left out of the opening two matches of the campaign after a bid from Barnsley, which the club rejected.

With Jon Obika injured, Smith, 23, is set to lead the line on Tuesday against Port Vale and he says talk of him being unsettled has been overplayed.

"It's football, it comes with the territory," Smith told BBC Wiltshire. "You get linked with everyone."

He added: "It doesn't bother me - I just get on with my job."

There have been suggestions he is keen to move north, but Smith says he has no desire to be closer to his native Newcastle right now.

"I'm still a Swindon player, and that is who I want to play for at the minute," he said.

"It's a five-hour drive but I am a professional footballer and I love doing my job and will play anywhere.

"Maybe in three or four years a move up north might be an option, but at the minute I'm happy playing for Swindon. I'm loving my football."

Smith began his career at Darlington, joining the Robins in January 2014 after a stint with Charlton Athletic. He scored 18 goals last season and was part of a successful Swindon side who reached the League One play-offs.

However, with several of that team leaving in the summer, and with others such as attacker Nathan Byrne linked with moves away, Smith says he is not pushing to leave.

"At the minute I'm signed to Swindon and when I put on the shirt I will always give 110%," he said. "It's the type of player I am.

"All the players who have gone deserved to go. If Nathan does end up going he fully deserves it. Hopefully he stays and we can kick on."

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