Frome Town boss Derek Graham believes new signing Brian Smith will add plenty of experience to his youthful squad after the former Maidstone United skipper completed his switch to the Robins this week.
“Brian is a quality player and he’s going to be important for us this season,” said Graham, whose team are now just nine days away from starting the Calor League Southern Premier Division season.
“He’s able to commit to us now and we’re very happy to sign him.”
Smith played for current League One side Swindon Town before moving to Maidstone. However, the midfielder’s career was hampered by injury and he was eventually forced to quit the Stones.
Having decided to get himself fit again, Smith has made several appearances for the Robins during pre-season and has now committed fully to the club.
“We were delighted that he wanted to start playing again,” Graham added. “He’s a big, strong lad and he’s comfortable on the ball, which is just the sort of player we need.
“Only about four members of the squad are over the age of 25 so the experience Brian will bring, having played at a higher level, will be very valuable for us.”
Graham has not ruled out further signings before the new season, with a striker top of his wishlist.
The current squad’s lack of cutting edge was in evidence on Saturday as, despite playing well, they failed to register a shot on target against Gosport Borough and were beaten 5-0 by the Conference South new boys.
Despite the scoreline, Graham said: “It was a good experience for us. With respect to the teams we’ve played, Gosport were in a different class and we can learn a lot from the game.
“We played some nice football but we were just caught out. We’ll meet teams like this every week in our league so it was a real eye opener.”
The Robins travel to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday for their final friendly before their Calor League campaign kicks-off at home to Cambridge City the following weekend.