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Gardiner-Smith keen to impress

Midfielder aspiring to emulate former Chairboys man.

24 July 2019

Jacob Gardiner-Smith stated his intention to prove himself as a player after securing a one-year deal with the Chairboys.

The 22-year-old officially became part of Gareth Ainsworth’s squad for the forthcoming season on Monday following a successful trial period with the club.

Developing through the ranks at Russian Premier League giants Zenit Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow, the midfielder returned to the English game with non-league sides St Albans City and Hendon Town before linking up with the Chairboys at the beginning of the month.

Now, the youngster is looking to make an impression after penning his first professional deal in the Football League – which was made possible through the help of a friend, well-known to Wycombe fans.

“Luke O’Nien is obviously a legend at the club, and he gave me the opportunity to ask about a trial – so I have a lot of credit to give to him. I have been training with him all summer so I am just so grateful for the opportunity to be here.

“He is a fantastic example of how far you can get with hard work, resilience and determination – and that’s something I really model myself on. Of course I want to be my own player and make a name for myself.

“I was chuffed to bits after scoring that goal against Barnet. It was my first goal for the club, and it meant the world to me. It was a great start, but obviously I just want to kick on now and keep backing it up with good performances.”

He added: “I came in during the first day of pre-season and gave my all in training. The boys are all brilliant and they’re so welcoming. I’ve learnt so much from the manager already so I can’t wait to keep going.

“There’s so many experienced heads in the squad so I just want to learn and soak up as much information as I can. They’ve all got so many football league caps, so if I can take 10% off their game then I’ll be chuffed to bits.”

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