Crawley Town’s club captain Jimmy Smith has signed a one year extension to his current contract, with the option of a further year included, keeping him at the club until the end of next season, possibly even into 2021.
Smith arrived from Stevenage in 2014 and has gone on to secure himself an integral place in their first team squad. He scored his first career hat trick in a 3-2 win over Colchester United last February and this season has been instrumental in keeping the side consistent following the departure of Harry Kewell.
He has now made 170 appearances for the side and will surely smash through the 200 mark next season.
He is currently out injured and not expected back until the end of the season, but that hasn’t stopped him being of use. He has become a key part of new manager Gabriele Cioffi’s coaching team at the Broadfield Stadium, having suffered his injury in a match at Oldham in September.
Smith is part of the furniture in East Sussex now and will remain so until at least the end of next season.
It will be of comfort to him knowing he has a longer deal and the space to recover from his injury too, but it is a tribute to how highly he is valued by the Red Devils.