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George Smith: Northampton Town sign Gateshead defender

George Smith previously played for Barnsley. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed left-back George Smith from non-league side Gateshead for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old played 38 games in the National League last season after leaving Championship club Barnsley.

Smith helped the Tykes gain promotion from League One in 2015/16, making 25 appearances, and also had a loan spell at Crawley Town.

He has agreed a two-year deal at Sixfields and will provide competition for fellow full-back David Buchanan.

He has a lot of ability, he is a talented boy and he has a fantastic attitude.

David Buchanan did really well for us last season, but as we have spoken about before, we didn't always have competition for places, players challenging each other and the necessary depth in the squad, and George's signing helps with that.

He has performed well in League 1 before, we think he is a very good player with a bright future ahead of him. He is someone who will only improve further and we are delighted he will be joining us.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Elsewhere, Peterborough United have announced that 18-year-old goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts will join them on a two-year deal once his deal with Championship side Birmingham City ends next month.

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