Met star Smith may not be true Blue for much longer
12:11pm Friday 5th October 2012 in Sport
Met Police loan striker Jonte Smith has warned he has no idea how long he will stay at Imber Court, but he will enjoy it while it lasts, writes Josh Harris.
The 19-year-old opened the scoring in Saturday’s 5-0 FA Trophy romp at Redbridge, which saw Howard Newton (two), Chris Bourne and Allan Tait complete the scoring.
Smith is currently on loan from League Two Crawley Town and his prolific form sees him with 10 goals in five games for the Blues, having netted five goals in a 7-1 FA Cup win at Beckenham Town last month.
Boss Jimmy Cooper has nothing but praise for the forward he knows he is lucky to have until the end of October.
While Smith’s Crawley Town team-mate David Hunt has iodentified the Bermudan youngster as a hot prospect.
“We saw him in training during pre-season and he is a bright lad with a lot of potential, definitely,” he said.
But the man himself admitted fulfilling that potential at Imber Court beyond the end of this month was unlikely.
“I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here. I’ve been enjoying playing competitive matches week in, week out,” he said.
“If I continue to do well and my performances keep getting better I can’t see why it’s not possible to go back to Crawley and start games.
“Met Police are a great club, but I don’t think I’ll spend a full season here.
“It’s almost impossible to narrow down how long I’ll spend at the club, there are so many variables.”
Met Police travel to Dereham Town in the FA Cup third qualifying round on Saturday with boss Jimmy Cooper admitting a cup run is secondary to the primary target of Ryman Premier League promotion.
The Blues are fighting on three main fronts this season after Saturday’s Trophy win, but the manager is clear what his priorities are.
“The minimum standard we’re looking for this year is a play-off place.
“If we can back that up with an FA Cup and FA Trophy run then that would be fantastic,” he added.