Jonte Smith leaves Crawley Town

Teenage striker Jonte Smith has joined Finnish side Kemi Kings on loan until June 30 with a view to making the move permanent.

Thursday, 13th March 2014, 8:59 am
Jonte Smith in action for Bermuda against England C

The 19-year-old Bermudan joined Reds in August 2011 and a prolific season playing for the Under-18 side earned him his first professional contract.

He enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Ryman League club Met Police, but managed just four substitute appearances in the Crawley first-team over a two-year period and won’t be offered a new deal.

Reds manager John Gregory said: “Jonte’s contract is up at the end of the season so this is a great opportunity for him to put himself in the shop window and get some games under his belt.

“You have to admire him for being prepared to go to a different country to experience different football and we all wish him well.”

Kemi Kings play in the second tier of the Finnish League and are managed by former West Ham and Leyton Orient manager Tommy Taylor.