Wisbech Town re-sign Billy Smith just months after he joined King’s Lynn Town
WISBECH Town have re-signed winger Billy Smith just months after he left the club to join fierce rivals King’s Lynn Town.
Smith was released by the United Counties League title challengers on Monday having made just 12 league appearances - all from the substitutes bench.
The pacy wideman scored only one goal during his time at The Walks but Fenmen boss Steve Appleby pounced quickly to capture the signature of the player who only left the club this summer.
Appleby said: “He’s coming back because I never wanted him to leave but I’ll never knock him for trying new things.
“We never fell out and I’ve spoken to him a fair bit so we welcome him back and we’ll start with a clean slate.
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“He’s an exciting player who I like because he’s very pacy and can score goals. “He might have to spend a bit of time in the reserves first to play a bit of football but we’re happy to have strengthened both squads again.”
Smith headed for the exit-door along with Alex Street and Scott Cubberley this summer to link-up with former Fenmen boss Gary Setchell at The Walks.
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However, the return of King’s Lynn Town striker Chris Bacon signalled the end for Smith, 24, whose only goal for Lynn came in a friendly against Stamford.
Joint King’s Lynn Town boss Kevin Boon said: “We’ve released Billy and it is nothing he has done but with Chris (Bacon) coming in its just part of building a squad.”
The 24-year-old, who top-scored for Wisbech in the 2007/2008 campaign, can also play as a striker, and will boost the Fenmen’s rapidly improving squad.
In a statement on Wisbech’s official website, Appleby added: “After careful consideration, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Billy is a local lad who has done well for the club in the past and he wears his heart on his sleeve.”
“We haven’t just brought Billy back to sit on the bench - he’s already done quite enough of that this season.
“There are players who are ahead of him, but no doubt Billy will want to show everyone what he’s capable of.
“Let’s get behind Billy and the rest of the lads and push on. He will be good for the club, whatever capacity he plays in.”