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Fixture schedule no problem for Smith

By Stuart McKinley

Andy Smith is looking forward to Christmas almost like a child anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.



It's got nothing to do with what presents he will find under his tree though as the Portadown striker is simply relishing playing football.

And there will be plenty of that with today's home game against Newry City being the first of four games in eleven days for the entire Irish Premier League - and Smith can't wait to get stuck in.

"I've missed a lot of football over the last few years with injuries, so having a lot of games in a short period of time is fantastic," said Smith.

"The more games there are the better as far as I am concerned.

"The only way to get match fit is by playing matches. I am getting close to where I want to be in terms of fitness and playing football is a bonus for me."

Smith has put the dark days of three injury ravaged years and no goals behind him by hitting the net three times so far since signing for the Ports in October.

His short-term contract has only a few weeks left to run and what happens after that is still a mystery.

Manager Ronnie McFall remains noncommittal and Smith too isn't in any rush to make a decision.

"I haven't thought about what is going to happen in January," he said.

"I will keep playing and make a decision when a decision needs to be made.

"Until then I just want to try to win matches."

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