LAST Friday we were proud to announce our new signing, creative midfielder Aaron Smith.

After appearing as ‘Trialist A’ against Prestwich Heys where he bagged twice, Aaron told me he wants to ‘challenge for the league and FA Vase’ this season.

“I want to win everything and the boys deserve to win everything,” he said.

“Last year they deserved to be promoted and that didn’t happen so this year it’s about going out and proving we are the best team in the league which I believe we are.

“A few years ago, they got to the Semi Final stage in the FA Vase so I see no reason why we can’t be challenging for that trophy again.”

With this being Aaron’s second spell with the club, he admitted: “There’s no other club that makes me feel this way.”

“I’ve tried to play at this highest level I can do and it does not work when you are not at your happiest.

“Me being confident and happy is the best version of myself and at 1874 you will see that on the pitch.

“There’s no other club that makes me feel this way especially around this bunch of lads.

“It’s somewhere I can be the happiest version of myself and get my mojo back.”

Smith at one stage featured in the youth set-up at Nottingham Forest.

He then had a short spell up in Scotland at Hamilton Academical believes that the quality and depth in the 1874 squad will only deliver better results on the football pitch.

“The lads were great last time I was here.

“And seeing them now and the new faces brings about competition for places.

“The squad has improved since I was last here so the competition means that the intensity at training will be sharper and I believe the results will be better too.”

When speaking to Aaron, it was clear that he sees himself as the sort of footballer who can “produce some magic.”

Aaron further explained: “I want to be a good asset to the team adding those goals and assists where I can.

“It’s so important to be a team player because having a close relationship with each other can get you over the line in the big games.

“I believe I can also produce some magic maybe when things could be going against us to and I can’t to get started now.”

At training we also spoke to Co-manager Wayne Goodison who explained how delighted he was to see Aaron re-join the 1874 club.

“We’re delighted to see Aaron come back to the club.

“I have known him since he was 16 years old and know his family well and he has had a tough few years.

“But what it has shown is that Aaron is a resilient character.

“From when I have spoken to him it has been clear he just wants to play and enjoy his football.

“That something he hasn’t maybe done for a while. We hope that we can help Aaron find his love for football again and and it will be good for him to be able play consistent football too.”