Smalley signs on for Seasiders

Jarrod Smalley on his debut at Glasshoughton. Picture by Lea Houlihan.
Jarrod Smalley on his debut at Glasshoughton. Picture by Lea Houlihan.

Teenage winger Jarrod Smalley has signed for Bridlington Town. He is studying in Leeds, and has been playing for Farsley Celtic, but has been snapped up by his hometown team.

Smalley made his debut for the Seasiders at Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday and was recently involved in a talent competition run by Samsung, which offered young footballers the chance to win a professional contract.

Town manager Gary Allanson said: “We have managed to sign Jarrod Smalley who is a young lad from Bridlington, who actually lives in Leeds because he attends Leeds College and is part of the Farsley Academy, he has also signed for Farsley first team and has had a number of appearances this season for them.

“He has also played for England Colleges, he is a wide player who is technically good and is very quick.

“He made his debut on Saturday and got on for the last 30 minutes and did well. Last Thursday he travelled from Leeds to make the effort to get to training.”

Town have lost the services of Tom Bennett, who joined from Barton Town Old Boys earlier in the season and had been playing alongside his brother James.

Allanson said: “Tom Bennett is taking a little time out, he has a lot going on in his life at the moment and has some important decisions to make about his future.

“He is not going to another club he just feels he is not fit enough at the moment and is not enjoying his football as much as he should.

“Hopefully we will see him again at sometime this season, if not definitely next season, he has great ability and would be a great asset to us.

“It has been frustrating for him since joining us, getting sent off on his debut through a ridiculous decision. He then served his suspension, came back, got injured, so it has been stop-start for him.

“Hee is still a young lad and hopefully he will get his hunger back and return sooner rather than later.”