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Cheltenham Town Loanee Makes Promising Start at Bath City

Ex-Cheltenham Town player and now Bath City manager Jerry Gill is a big fan of loanee Tom Smith. This is Smith’s second spell at the National League South side after he was also loaned out last season from Swindon Town. The 20-year-old was signed on a free by The Robins in the summer and during September was handed another spell under Gill.

Following the FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw, in which Bath were given an away trip to Weston-super-Mare, Gill outlined how the young midfielder has made a bright start to his time with the club.

“He’s not played a lot of games so he’s just starting to get to the pace of things. His first game he found tough, because he’s just been training and not playing competitive matches.”

“I know all about Tom Smith so it was no panic stations and actually on Saturday he scored. His second half performance was really good.”

Smith scored in the third qualifying round against Lewes FC in front of the Twerton Park faithful and so far has made three appearances this season, one being from the bench. This could hopefully be the start of another successful scoring period at the club after the midfielder got double figures last season.

Furthermore, the Bath City manager also spoke about how delighted he is to have the youngster at his disposal and how he will certainly get game time in this particularly prestigious cup competiton.

“He’s with us until January 5th and he’ll get plenty of games, he’ll play in the FA Cup and he’s done terrific, he’s done fine. He’ll only get better as the weeks go on.

“I know as a great talent he’s the type of player that fits our philosophy and it’s good to have him out on loan from Cheltenham at the moment.”

When discussing Smith’s future and the potential that he holds, the ex-Robins player spoke highly of the Swindon Town academy graduate. Gill thoroughly believes that he has what it takes to be able to stake a claim at Cheltenham Town and break into the starting eleven in the future.

“It suits us and I think Tom can be what he wants to be, he’s definitely got a football league career in him, and he’s a dedicated lad. He’s got a lot of strong attributes to become a good professional at league level.”

“With a bit of luck and fortune with injuries I’m sure he’ll go on and have a really good league career with Cheltenham.”

Bath City’s FA Cup away clash against Weston-super-Mare will feature two Cheltenham Town loanees. Tom Smith and Matt Bower should both feature, with Bower possibly being a centre-back partner to ex-Robins player Jake Lee.

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