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Exeter City have announced that their latest signing, Noah Smerdon, has been funded by their fans.

The 18-year-old was bought for an undisclosed fee from Gloucester City, and was paid for by the 1931 Fund. West Brom will receive a fee in compensation due to the development he has gone under at the Hawthorns.

The left back previously played for West Bromwich Albion before he joined Gloucester City – who currently play in the National League South.

According to Gloucestershire Live, his 36 performances in the National League South last year attracted the attention of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Watford, spending a week on trial with the latter.

The 1931 Fund is a scheme where around 60 supporters donate £19 per month to help pay for a new member of the squad.

Consequently, Smerdon will wear the 31 shirt to match the 1931 Fund.

The fund is named after the club’s FA Cup run from that year and has now raised over £140,000 since its launch. Within that time, players such as James Norwood, Graham Cummins, Pierce Sweeney and Jack  Sparkes have been signed.

The youngster spoke of his delight to join the club.

He said: “I’m delighted to have joined Exeter City, I know about the history of the club and the players that have come through here. It’s a really good opportunity.

“There are some high-profile names to have come through like Ethan Ampadu and many others.

“The fans are obviously a massive part of the club, it’s owned by them, and the whole 1931 thing shows the link between the club and fans. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them.”

The Verdict

It’s good to see a club get together in order to fund a player to improve the team.

Smerdon will add depth to the squad and has good potential to kick on.

At 18 he has plenty of room to improve, and it’s fantastic that a community fund can help try and improve the team and buy a player who has such high potential and interest from elsewhere.


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