BREAKING | Joe Smith joins Ashton Athletic on loan

    Goalkeeper Joe Smith has joined Ashton Athletic on loan for the 2022/23 campaign.

    Ashton Athletic are gearing up for another season in the North West Counties Premier Division after finishing 18th last term.

    Teenage ‘keeper Smith signed his first senior deal with the Blues earlier in the summer.

    He is Chester-born and first joined the Blues in 2013 as an Under-10. Having progressed through the Academy, Joe featured in the senior squad on several occasions during 2021/22.

    Blues boss Calum McIntyre had this to say: “This is a good opportunity for Jiff to take steps into senior football.

    “He is obviously going to be training with our first team three times a week but it’s vital he is getting game time in a senior setting.

    “We feel this is a good fit for all parties and look forward to seeing Jiff progress as the season goes on.”

    Best of luck, Jiff!