Signings: Weston secure young Bristol City defender as two other players depart The Woodspring Stadium and one extends his stay

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 28 September 2017

Harvey Smith has joined Weston on loan and played in a training match against Bristol Rovers. Picture: Will T Photography.

Harvey Smith has joined Weston on loan and played in a training match against Bristol Rovers. Picture: Will T Photography.


Weston-super-Mare have signed 19-year-old defender Harvey Smith on loan for two months from Bristol City, with Aden Baldwin having been recalled to the City Ground and Exeter City’s Ben Seymour also returning to his parent club.

Ashley Harper tries to win the ball at Bognor Regis. Picture: Will T Photography. Ashley Harper tries to win the ball at Bognor Regis. Picture: Will T Photography.

The player movement comes after striker Jake Lee took to the field in an unfamiliar position of centre back, however he did keep an impressive clean sheet. Baldwin has been recalled to Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, while midfielder Ben Seymour will return to League Two side Exeter City after both impressing for Weston in recent matches.

Both sides are flying high in their respective leagues but will want the youngsters to train with them and be called upon if needed in what is sure to be a busy campaign.

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Ashley Harper has also extended his loan from the Robins for a further two months, something Seagulls manager Marc McGregor is pleased about.

He said: “Ash will continue with us to develop and he is now finding his feet at this level, we are pleased he has decided to stay on.”

Giancarlo Gabbiadini will spend some time on loan at Yate Town and McGregor said this is key to his development after his .

He added: “Giancarlo needs to go and play games, however he is still very much contained within Weston’s plans going forward.

“Ben Seymour needs also to play games, he has had limited chances with us however I have no doubt as he matures he will be a fantastic player. Exeter seem to breed these good technical players, all they need is the physical side, this only comes with time. We wish him all the best and hope to see him in their first team soon.

“The same goes for Aden, he has been brilliant for us and deserves his chance to prove to City he is worth stepping up. We are sad to lose him however we would love to see him making their first team squad very soon.

“Harvey has come in to fill the gap that will be left by Aden, he impressed me in the 45 minutes against Rovers and in the U23s games he has played for City, I have no doubt that he will be a great addition to the squad.”

Smith first signed a professional contract during the summer, having captained Bristol City’s Under-18s during the 2016/17 season and has since moved on to the Robins Under-23s.

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