Notts set to complete Smith deal

Last updated : 24 January 2007 By Paul Smith

Smith scored and starred in Notts' 5-2 win over Torquay United at Meadow Lane on Saturday, with Notts fans desperate for him to remain beyond his loan deal which is close to expiring.

Despite featuring on Southend's bench on several occasions during this, their first Championship season, Smith was allowed to drop two divisions to Notts to gain regular football.

After arriving alongside Leyton Orient man Daryl McMahon - whose situation is less clear - two months ago, Smith quickly made the central midfield spot his own with some dogged displays full of good football and hard tackling.

Smith...Set to stay
After his initial one month deal was extended to two, Notts boss Steve Thompson now wants him until the end of the season, and Smith seems to have been given that opportunity by Southend boss Steve Tilson who told the Southend Official Site, “Notts County have shown an interest in keeping Jay until the end of the season. We will see what happens but more than likely he will see out the season with them.”

Smith spoke to the Notts Official Site after the Torquay win, indicating he would take Notts up on such an offer, “I've really enjoyed my time with Notts County and I hope that continues.”

Smith has made nine starts and two appearances from the bench so far for the Magpies, with his Torquay strike the first goal he has netted in over three years of football.

Keep up to date with NCM, who beat the Official Site to break this story, on Smith's deal once it is finalised.