Belfast Telegraph

Jeffrey rules out a move for Smith

By Stuart McKinley

David Jeffrey last night spelt out why he didn't make any attempt to return a call from an individual claiming to represent former Northern Ireland striker Andy Smith.

The Blues boss has been linked with former Glentoran man Smith, who has held talks with both the Glens and Portadown after deciding to return home from an unsuccessful three years in England.

Jeffrey, however, hasn't spoken to Smith or anyone connected with the player.

"Linfield were mentioned in connection with Andy Smith again at the weekend, but I can categorically state that we don't and never have had any interest in signing Andy Smith since his return from England," said Jeffrey.

" It has nothing to do with Andy's ability, simply we are already adequately covered in the forward positions.

"We have Glenn Ferguson, Peter Thompson, Mark Dickson and Thomas Stewart all fighting for places in the first-team at present and after those four we have Timmy Adamson who is a couple of weeks away from returning to full training and Stephen Garrett who is pushing for his chance as well.

"Andy was prolific in his time with Glentoran, he had a treacherous time with injuries when he went to England and I was contacted by someone claiming to represent him. I got a message on my phone, but I never returned the call and I won't be."

Which two strikers Jeffrey fields in tonight's County Antrim Shield tie at home to First Division side H&W Welders remains to be seen.

Peter Thompson and Mark Dickson were handed the roles in the Champions League ties against Swedish side Elsfborg as well as the opening CIS Insurance Cup game against Ballymena United.

A week later Glenn Ferguson and Thomas Stewart were in attack against Dungannon and although Stewart scored the only goal it was Thompson and Dickson who started at Glenavon on Friday night - although all four were on the pitch by the end.

Stephen Douglas was also left out as was Jamie Mulgrew, with Jim Ervin and Tim Mouncey being handed their first starts of the season.

"To a degree I have adopted a change in policy selection wise," said Jeffrey.

"I spoke to the board last night and told them that I want to fully utilise the squad and get every player in that squad to a high level of fitness, sharpness and performance.

"We only had two pre-season games and the two European matches, so everyone is still getting game and we have started well with three wins out of three, seven goals scored and only one conceded so everyone who has played has played well."

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