Boreham Wood FC are delighted to announce the return of goalkeeper Grant Smith on a loan deal until the end of the season from League One Lincoln City, with no recall notice.
Smith was a product of the Reading Academy and came up through their youth teams before signing a 2-year deal with Fulham. His first pro deal though came with Brighton & Hove Albion, where Smith spent a further two seasons without making a first team appearance.
A move to Bognor Regis Town followed in 2015/16 and it was this move that allowed Smith to finally show everyone his talent at senior level. In fact, he not only cemented his place as Bognor’s first choice keeper but helped them to one of their greatest ever seasons.
In a season where Bognor reached the last four of the FA Trophy before bowing out to Grimsby Town. Grant continued to impress and played a big part in helping Bognor comfortably make the Ryman Premier League Play Offs, before losing to Dulwich Hamlet in a tense last-minute semi-final defeat.
Smith then spent 2 seasons with the Wood, making 92 appearances, with his last being the Play Off Final defeat at Wembley against Tranmere Rovers.
A switch then followed to Lincoln City on 2-year contract. Smith made just 16 appearances for the Imps with some memorable performances along the way, before returning to the Wood today on loan for the remainder of the season.
On getting Grant Smith back at Meadow Park Gaffer Luke Garrard said, “I am delighted that Grant has returned to us for the remainder of the season. When news broke that Grant was available for loan, it was a no brainer for us to explore if we could attract him back to Meadow Park.”
Garrard continued, “Grant joins our goalkeeping team alongside Nathan and [Goalkeeping Coach] Martin, and will add great competition for places as the run in beckons. I look at our goalkeeping department, of which I include our Goalkeeping Coach Martin Brennan, and I truly believe it is up there with the best in the division.
“What is also so great about Grant returning to us is that he knows the Club inside out and it’s quiet aspirations. He was a part of the team that was so close to reaching the EFL two seasons ago, as well as part of Lincoln’s squad that won League Two last season, so he brings a wealth of experience and success.” Garrard concluded.
Welcome back, Grant!