Smith signs for Sunderland
Former Town defender Tommy Smith has signed for League One rivals Sunderland, on a deal until the end of the season.
Smith, who made over 200 appearances for Town, had been training with Town since finishing his season and contract with Colorado Rapids.
On his move to Sunderland, the 29 year-old told Sunderland’s site: “I know a lot about the club – the history and the fan base. I am delighted to be a part of it and hopefully I can help push the team up towards the Championship.
“I’ve heard about the Stadium of Light and the atmosphere that is generated and I am just really excited to step out there for the first time and hopefully success can follow.
He continued: “I see myself as a leader on and off the pitch so hopefully I can use that to be a good addition to the squad.”
Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson added: “I am delighted with the signing of Tommy Smith. He is a good addition to the squad and will add competition to the back three.”
When asked previously by the EADT about re-signing the centre-back, Lambert replied: “Tommy’s got his own career in the States after whatever he’s had here and you can’t keep revisiting that. It’s crazy. You’ve got to move on.
“The lad done great here and was terrific but you have to move on. Football doesn’t wait for anyone.”
Although a move for Smith would be a romantic one, perhaps his wages and the loan signing of Josh Earl suggests Town boss Paul Lambert is more than happy with his defensive options.