Former Leicester City goalkeeper signs two year deal at Sixfields
Northampton Town have signed former Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith on a two year contract, subject to a medical.
The 22 year old joined Middlesbrough from Leicester City in 2010 and spent 5 years with the Foxes, having loan spells at Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Stevenage, Cambridge United and Mansfield Town.
Smith left Leicester after having his contract terminated in June following an incident on Leicester City's tour of Thailand.
"I'm aware that this signing will create debate," said manager Chris Wilder.
"Adam was involved in an incident at Leicester that was very wrong and he knows that better than anyone. He paid a price for that, he has apologised and is ashamed of what happened.
"But, we also live in a society where, as long as people show genuine remorse, admit their mistake, learn from it and apologise then they deserve a second chance. Adam knows that and he is determined to take this chance.
"He is a very good goalkeeper, and one who needs to be in and around a first team place to push himself forward and I am sure he will prove a good addition."
Smith added: “I got myself in a situation I am deeply ashamed of, and I am desperately sorry for that.
"I know the club here do a lot of anti-racism work and have a proud record in that area and I am keen to help the club with that.
"I am really sorry for what I was involved in but I need to put that stupid mistake behind me. I am really grateful for the second chance I have been offered here and I am determined to make the most of it."
Chairman David Cardoza added, "Clearly there are a lot of discussions about the proposed sale of the club taking place, but until such time as things are completed it is business as usual and we will be supporting Chris Wilder to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season."