Date: 1st August 2013 at 9:48am
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Neal Ardley has, when talking to the official website, expressed his views on the recent loan addition of Michael Smith.

He said: ‘We looked at a lot of strikers as the summer progressed, including higher profile names, but Michael ticked all the boxes. I went away and looked at video footage of Michael playing for Colchester last season. I was delighted with what I saw.

‘I made phone calls to people I know at Charlton and asked about his character and how he would fit in for us. What came back to us is that Michael is an extremely fit and athletic centre-forward who is a good finisher and very aggressive at the same time.

‘We started the process about three weeks ago and Chris Powell has been absolutely brilliant with it all. There had been about seven clubs after him, but Chris was really keen for him to come here and he helped us out in every way.’

Clearly the understanding that Charlton and Wimbledon has played a part in helping this go through, with so much interest in the 21-year-old it bodes well for the season ahead!

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