Hungerford Bring In Young Bees Defender On Loan

Hungerford Town`s joint-managers Ian Herring and Jon Boardman have moved quickly to replace the injured James Rusby by signing 6'3" centre-back Darnell Smith on loan from SkyBet League Two side Barnet.

Eighteen-year-old Smith will go straight in to the squad to face Wealdstone today.

Assistant-manager Gary MacDonald saw him play on Tuesday, describing him as a "big strong no-nonsense centre-half, who is good on the ball".

Smith signed a two-year scholarship with Barnet in 2015.

After loan spells at Staines Town and Three Bridges, he signed a professional contract with the Bees in April 2017.

Smith made his senior debut for Barnet in August 2017 against AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy.

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