CHAM­PI­ONSHIP TRIO IN CHASE FOR CA­NARY KID

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Ham­monds

BRIS­TOL CITY have been joined in the chase for Hitchin Town star­let Kane Smith by Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Read­ing and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

The 19-year-old right­back was due to play for West Brom’s U21s against Arse­nal last Mon­day, hav­ing spent three days of the pre­vi­ous week on trial at the Hawthorns.

The Premier League side in­formed Hitchin last Sun­day that Smith was un­likely to get on in that game, how­ever, with Tony Pulis and his staff want­ing to use it to check the fit­ness of play­ers who had re­turned from loan spells.

Bris­tol City have agreed to meet the Evo-Stik League South­ern Premier side’s ask­ing price, but wanted Smith to play in to­mor­row’s U21 game against Crys­tal Palace.

How­ever, it is un­likely that game will go ahead due to a com­bi­na­tion of the weather and Bris­tol City U21 coach Wade El­liott’s el­e­va­tion to first-team du­ties fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s sack­ing of Steve Cot­ter­ill.

League One Mill­wall and League Two high­fly­ers Ox­ford are also keen on the teenager.

Mean­while, Ful­ham have spent the past week run­ning the rule over Dun­sta­ble Town de­fender Luke Pen­nell, also 19.

Pen­nell re­cently spent time on trial at Fleet­wood, Burn­ley and Nor­wich.

Dun­sta­ble boss Tony Fon­tenelle said:“Luke hasn’t got to play in a game this week, but by all ac­counts they have been im­pressed with him.

“I’m very proud of the progress we’re mak­ing on the pitch and for clubs to look at one of our play­ers is tes­ta­ment to what we’re try­ing to do at Dun­sta­ble.”

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