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Michael Smith

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Biography

Date of birth

17/10/1991

Height

180 cm

Signed

12/01/2018

Country

England

Paul Warne's first signing of the 2018 January transfer window, striker Michael Smith joined the Millers from Bury.

The imposing front-man made his Rotherham bow as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Oldham at Boundary Park.

The 26-year-old began his footballing journey with the decorated Wallsend Boys Club before joining Darlington in 2010.

A stint at Charlton followed where he found game time limited making loan switches to Accrington, Newport, Colchester and Wimbledon whilst contracted at The Valley.

In 2014 he moved to Swindon Town for a six-figure fee which proved to be a successful switch. During his time at the County Ground he scored 26 goals from 61 starts in all competitions, which included a debut strike against Shrewsbury. In 2015 Swindon advanced to the League One Play-off final, with Smith starting at Wembley, but they were beaten by Preston North End.

Smith joined Portsmouth in 2016 but was loaned to Northampton in 2017.

After moving to Bury he impressed against Rotherham during a game in September before making the move to AESSEAL New York Stadium in January 2018.

Smith hit the ground running in Millers colours and would immediately become a key component in their charge for League One promotion. He would go on to manage six goals for his new side in the remainder of the 2017/18 season, with his hold-up play paving the way for others around him to also increase their tallies.

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