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Alan Smith set for Notts County move

20 May 2014

Former England and Manchester United striker Alan Smith is set to join Notts County, Press Association Sport understands.

Smith, released last week by MK Dons, will continue his playing career at Meadow Lane where he will also form part of Magpies manager Shaun Derry's coaching staff.

The 33-year-old passed a medical on Monday afternoon and is close to agreeing a one-year contract with the Sky Bet League One club, who narrowly avoided relegation this season.

It will be a first official coaching role for Smith, although he did do some during his final year with the Dons.

He will work under Derry and alongside assistant manager Greg Abbott - who he will be familiar with from his time at Leeds as Abbott was an academy coach at Elland Road at the start of Smith's career.

Smith has been used as a midfield player during the latter years of his career and that is where Derry intends to use the Yorkshireman's experience in his new-look team next season.

He fits the bill perfectly for the type of strong, committed leaders Derry wants to bring to the club after their long battle against relegation this season.

Smith began his career with hometown club Leeds but moved across the Pennines to join rivals Manchester United in a £7million deal in the summer of 2004.

He won a Premier League title and the League Cup during his three-year spell at Old Trafford before a £6million switch to Newcastle. However, it did not really work out in the north east and in January 2012 Smith was sent out on loan to MK Dons. A permanent move to Milton Keynes followed that summer.

Smith, who started 18 matches this season and made a further 11 appearances from the substitutes' bench, won 19 England caps.

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