Scott Smith aims to kick on after signing with Craig Rouse's Pontefract Collieries again

Attacking midfielder Scott Smith is delighted to be staying with Pontefract Collieries for the 2021-22 season.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 2:44 pm
Pontefract Collieries manager Craig Rouse.

Smith joined Colls last season and has impressed new manager Craig Rouse to be seen as a big part of his plans for the next campaign in the Northern Premier.

He is looking forward to a big season ahead when football hopefully gets back to normal.

He told the club's website: “I think coming into pre-season and speaking to the management staff, they told me they wanted me to stay, which is pleasing as a player to hear.

“Then through training and the games so far the standard has been high, plus the players we have brought back has seen us bring in a lot of quality and more experience.”

On playing in a more advanced role in recent friendlies, Smith explained: “I’ve enjoyed it to be honest, that’s where I see myself playing.

“Last year through injury and other circumstances I had to play a few different positions, which I don’t mind to be honest. It is what you have to expect in a small squad and I am sure it will be the same this season too.

“A goal for me is to add more numbers to my game with goals and assists. But I think as a team, we are aiming to try to be up and around promotion and do as well as we can in the cup competitions.

“The fans followed us last year when it wasn’t easy to watch, but they still came and backed us. We need the same again this year, they are a massive part of the club and we need them there as our 12th man to get behind us.”

Smith scored a goal in last week’s friendly against Wakefield AFC and will now be aiming to cement his place in Rouse’s starting line -up.

Colls won 6-0 with their other goals coming from Vaughan Redford (two penalties), Eli Hey (two) and Gavin Rothery, also from the spot.

They were in action last Saturday when they finished their mid season matches with a 5-3 victory over Goole.

On target were Hey and Ben Gordon in the first half then an own goal, a Mikey Dunn strike and a Redford penalty after the break.