The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

FUL­HAM’S new £500,000 striker Matt Smith has ad­mit­ted he was sur­prised Leeds United agreed to sell him.

Smith moved to Craven Cot­tage to link-up with for­mer team-mate Ross McCor­mack just two weeks after he signed a new three­year con­tract at El­land Road.

The ex-Old­ham man said: “Ob­vi­ously since sign­ing a new con­tract, I would have to say it’s been a bit of a sur­prise.

“Go­ing into the sign­ing, I was un­der the premise I was a mas­sive part of the plans go­ing for­ward and I was very hum­bled and ex­cited at the prospect.

“For what­ever rea­son – I still to this day don’t quite un­der­stand – I heard I was on a short­list of play­ers look­ing to be off-loaded.

“I was en­joy­ing my time there. I was ob­vi­ously aware of in­ter­est from other clubs at the time, but the club had made it very clear that one, they were not go­ing to sell me and two, that I was a mas­sive part of their plans – so the con­tract came at a good time.

“You can imag­ine my shock that 72 hours later, I am told I am on a short­list of play­ers that they would be look­ing to move on, if at all pos­si­ble.

“Since then, I was very flat­tered that the in­ter­est came in from Ful­ham and very happy to be start­ing a new chal­lenge there. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the prospect. As one door closes, another one opens.”

SUR­PRISE: Matt Smith

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