Stockport County’s pursuit of goalkeeper Jordan Smith looks to have hit a roadblock, with fellow League Two side Tranmere Rovers reportedly joining the race for his signature, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
It is being reported that the 28-year-old shot-stopper has met up with the Prenton Park outfit in an attempt to lure him to the club over Dave Challinor’s side following his departure from Premier League side Nottingham Forest at the expiration of his contract.
Who is Jordan Smith?
A product of Nottingham Forest’s Academy since the age of seven, goalkeeper Jordan Smith has spent the best part of 22 years on the books of The City Ground, with his professional debut for the club coming back in February 2017 against Norwich City.
During his 22-year stay with Nottingham Forest, Smith went on to appear for the club a number of 54 times in all competitions, keeping 12 clean sheets in a spell which also saw the goalkeeper go out on loan to the likes of Mansfield Town, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town.
In a season in which Forest confirmed their safety in the Premier League after spending 23 years away from the top flight, it was announced at the end of the season that the 28-year-old goalkeeper would depart the club on the expiration of his contract, bringing his long-term connection on Trentside to an end.
The race is on
With both Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers about to battle it out for Jordan Smith’s signature, both clubs will be looking to strengthen their respective squads in a bid for promotion to League One in the upcoming season.
If Smith was to join the Edgeley Park outfit, he would be giving competition to long-serving goalkeeper and fan favourite Ben Hinchliffe, who is entering his eighth season at Stockport County following his arrival from AFC Fylde back in 2016.
As for Tranmere Rovers, they are looking to improve on their 12th-place finish in the previous campaign with no goalkeepers currently contracted to the club for the upcoming season so far, with experienced shot-stopper Joe Murphy currently negotiating with the Prenton Park faithful over extending his stay at the club.
As the battle for the signature of Jordan Smith hots up between Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers, whoever was to secure the services of the 28-year-old goalkeeper will be getting a play that has good experience playing in the EFL, with a lot of those appearances coming in the Championship.
Smith is a very capable goalkeeper and at the age of 28, his best years in between the sticks are very much ahead of him following an inconsistent run in the team whilst with Nottingham Forest. With Smith finally leaving The City Ground with his contract about to come to an end, it could be the making of him as he looks to establish himself as a number one for a football club.