Folkestone boss tips Smith for Millwall success

MILLWALL have confirmed the signing of Harry Smith from Folkestone Invicta for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old centre-forward passed a medical on Monday and has signed a two-year deal after impressing during a trial spell when he featured in games against Dulwich Hamlet, Dover and Greenwich Borough.

NewsAtDen exclusively revealed at the weekend that Millwall were set to sign Smith, and the deal includes bonuses for appearances and a sell-on clause. Millwall will also play Folkestone in a friendly before the start of next season.

His former club Sittingbourne will get 15 per cent of the fee Millwall have paid for the striker. Smith's manager at Folkestone, Neil Cugley, believes he could make an impact in League One.

“If he works hard at it, I really believe that this could be the making of him,” Cugley told Folkestone’s official website.

“And who wouldn’t jump at the chance of becoming a full-time footballer?

“For a lad of 6ft 6ins his aerial presence is not all it could be, but I’m sure that they will work on that.

“His finishing and his touch are both excellent as we well know and quite naturally we wish him the very best of luck for the future.  If he puts his mind to it I can see no reason why he won’t go a long way in the game.

“Harry’s a nice lad who did well for us on the run-in to the title last season and I’m sure that the attention we attracted from the media must have helped put him in the shop window with a number of clubs monitoring his progress

“We’ve always said that we wouldn’t stand in the way of any good young player if this kind of opportunity came along.”

Smith scored 20 goals last season, including 13 for Folkestone whom he joined from Sittingbourne and helped to promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division.