Smart goes Irish
By Chris Cummings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Allan Smart has left Bury for Northern Irish side Portadown, signing a two-year deal.
Much-travelled striker, Allan Smart, has left Bury for Northern Irish side Portadown, signing a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old Scot still had a year to run on his Gigg Lane deal but has decided to cut his losses after an injury-hit season at the League Two club.
Smart had joined The Shakers from MK Dons last summer but played only 14 games, scoring one goal, as he battled against a persistent knee problem.
Bury manager Chris Casper confirmed the move.
"Allan Smart has left the club and signed a two-year deal at Portadown.
"He is not fit enough for full time, professional football so that was the decision we've made on that one."
As if losing a player was not bad enough, Casper looks set to miss out on goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi, who looks set to join League Two rivals Shrewsbury Town.
However, Casper is not worried and believes that he will find a suitable keeper before the season starts.
"I think there is a decent keeper out there for us.
"We've spoken to three or four (goalkeepers) and it's the time now that people are away on holiday so we'll be talking to them when they get back."