Reading Football Club can announce that 20-year-old striker Sam Smith has returned from a loan spell at Oxford United to begin a new spell on loan with fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town.
The former Manchester United youngster broke into the Royals’ first team last season and joined the Kassam Stadium ranks at the end of July in pursuit of more experience in first team football.
The Academy graduate earned 23 appearances for United, including a cameo from the substitutes bench against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup back in September - the same competition he netted his first Royals goal in a win over Millwall the previous year.
He will now move three points and three places higher in the League One ladder to spend the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign as a Shrew.
Sam Ricketts’ side sit in 18th place in League One and last season’s unsuccessful play-off finalists will be hoping Smith can bring added firepower to their side as they look to climb the table in the second half of the season.
Smith joins his former Reading teammate Dave Edwards at New Meadow after the midfielder rejoined his hometown club on a permanent basis earlier this month.
Subject to the completion of the normal player registration procedures, Smith could be eligible and in contention to make his Shrews bow at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road this weekend.
Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish Sam the very best of luck during his time with Shrewsbury Town.