The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Stu­art Ham­monds

BRIS­TOL CITY are watch­ing Non-League prospect Kane Smith – and could pounce if the Hitchin Town right-back fails to earn a deal at Premier LeagueWest Brom this week.

The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at South­ern League Premier club Hitchin, on the youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme they run in part­ner­ship with Lu­ton Town.

Smith has spent a week train­ing with the Bag­gies and will play for their U21s against Arse­nal to­mor­row night.

The young­ster played three times for Crys­tal Palace’s de­vel­op­ment side be­fore Christ­mas, while Cham­pi­onship strug­glers City – who will watch him in ac­tion against the Gun­ners at Tam­worth’s Lamb Ground – are wait­ing in the wings, along with a host of Foot­ball League clubs.

Hitchin man­ager Mark Burke told The FLP:“West Brom watched Kane play for us at Bedworth on Tues­day and sent a driver to take him off to stay in digs.

“He’s trained with the U21s, and Tony Pulis took one of the ses­sions.We hope he does well in the game, but if noth­ing hap­pens there I fully ex­pect him to be a pro­fes­sional in the Foot­ball League by the end of Jan­uary.

“My team is stronger with him in it, but you can’t hold play­ers back and Kane will be a great as­set for some­one.”

Mean­while, Cham­pi­onship side Burn­ley have sent teenage winger Josh Ginnelly, 18, on loan to Na­tional League side Al­trin­cham.

The for­mer As­tonVilla academy prospect – signed on a three-year deal for an undis­closed six-fig­ure fee from Shrews­bury in Au­gust – will spend a month with Alty, who are man­aged by for­mer PortVale boss Lee Sinnott.

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