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Michael Smith joins Peterborough United from Bristol Rovers

25 July 2014

Peterborough United have signed defender Michael Smith on a three-year deal.

Smith joins Darren Ferguson's side from Skrill Premier club Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed sum and is expected to feature in Posh's pre-season game with Brighton on Saturday.

The right-back told Posh's official YouTube channel: "I'm really happy to be here now. The move has been in limbo for a few days and a lot of people know I saw the game on Tuesday and I'm pleased to be here.

"It's not great to leave Bristol Rovers after relegation, but I'm sure everyone will understand it's a career and you need to play as high as you can.

"Peterborough's a great football club. Everyone knows they should be in the Championship and, ultimately, that is the goal." Despite the Pirates' relegation, Smith was named in the Sky Bet League Two team of the year and he was also the club's Player of the Year, although he would happily sacrifice the individual awards if it meant success with his new club.

Smith added: "It was nice to get recognised by my peers and the fans but it's more about winning games on Saturday.

"I'd love promotion, that is the aim, I'd like a solid season here, and I'm looking forward to meeting all the lads." He also hopes the move may rekindle his international ambitions, having represented Northern Ireland at Under-23 level.

"It's a dream of mine to play for my country," he added.

"Grant (McCann) has played a few times for them and I'm looking to follow in his footsteps."

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