Word reaching the Siya crew is that former England youth international Ashley Smith-Brown is looking for a move to South Africa, where he wants to feature in the Soweto Derby!
The Manchester City development fullback has plied his trade in the Netherlands, England and Scotland, and was last on the books of English Football League Two club, Plymouth Argyle.
He was released from his contract by Plymouth after completing his season-long loan with Oldham at the end of last season. The 23-year-old is now a free agent and keen on making the move to Mzansi and is eager to join either Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates.
Contacted for comment, the lanky player’s representative, Warren Swartz of ProAthlete Management Agency, revealed they are in contact with a few PSL teams regarding a move for the man who has been capped 34 times at youth level for the England national teams.
“It came as a surprise to me that Ashley wanted to come to the PSL, as we were talking to teams in Ukraine, Russia and England.
“He said to me, ‘Boss, I have checked out the league and history and it looks very exciting, especially the local derby. I would love to be a part of that.’
“As his manager, it’s my job to advise, and Ashley prefers coming to South Africa and I respect my client’s wishes. We are in talks with a few sides about a possible move, hopefully other PSL teams will have a look at him. As much as we prefer players going abroad, getting international players wanting to come to the PSL can only make the league stronger,” Swartz said.
During his days in the Man City development structures, Smith-Brown was mainly deployed as a right back, however, is equally adept playing at left back.