Brentford sign striker Tommy Smith on one-year contract
Brentford have signed striker Tommy Smith on a one-year contract.
The experienced forward – who can count Watford, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City among his former clubs – signed his contract at Griffin Park this morning.
He had been on trial with The Bees since the middle of last month.
Tommy played in two of Brentford’s pre-season friendlies and trained with the Club for around three weeks.
He has done enough to earn himself a contract and will become a Brentford player subject to international clearance.
Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “I am delighted that the period Tommy spent training with us has come to a successful conclusion.
“We always knew Tommy would add value on and off the pitch.
“He needed to find fitness after a season without much football at Cardiff.
“Tommy will bring a level of experience to the squad.
“I am sure he will make a valuable contribution over the season ahead.”
Frank McParland, Brentford FC Sporting Director, added: “Tommy and his agent Steve Kutner have been a pleasure to deal with over the past few weeks.
“Tommy has made it clear that he really wants to play for Brentford.
“All our discussions have been about how much Tommy wanted to join the Club and not about money, and that is great for us to hear.
“Mark and I are delighted we have concluded the deal and Tommy is now a Brentford player.”
Tommy was a free agent after leaving Cardiff at the end of last season.
He played 24 games as the Welsh side were promoted to the Premier League in 2012/13 but failed to make an appearance in the top flight.
The 34-year-old started out at Watford, helping them to promotion from the second tier in 1998/99 and playing 22 Premier League games the following season.
He left the Hertfordshire side in 2003 but went back for their 2006/07 Premier League season.
Tommy has also played for Portsmouth and QPR in the Premier League and, apart from his Watford debut as a 17-year-old in November 1997, has played his entire career in the top two divisions, winning promotion from The Championship four times.
He scored on his only appearance for England Under-21s against Georgia in 2000.
Tommy will wear the number 24 shirt.
Tommy spoke to Bees Player after completing his move, see an interview with the striker later today.