An announcement from Forest pleased me enormously today; goalkeeper Paul Smith has signed a new two year deal which I dearly hope signals his desire to stick around and be part of Forest’s future – which will be brighter with him between the sticks.
Along with the defence, he can take enormous credit for a whopping 25 clean sheets last season; an achievement which provided a significant foundation upon which the dramatic promotion was built.
Like most Forest ‘keepers in my lifetime, he’s had his critics on the terrace – and whilst he, like any player, isn’t perfect and has areas he can improve, he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and a real credit to the squad – so his committing furthur time to the Reds is unequivocably good news in my book.
That said, I do think it is important that we have viable backup and competition for Smudger – be it by a loan signing or a commitment to push one of the Academy goalkeepers into a permanent contender for first team action, because whilst I have absolutely no qualms with Smith having the number one jersey, I want to make sure we are covered incase of injury which currently we are certainly not. However, having Smith secured to a longer deal is definitely cause for happiness!
Bring on the Mackems!