Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Phil Smith seals Aldershot Town move

Keeper Phil Smith of Portsmouth gets his defence to mark up during the Capital One Cup First Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth at The Goldsands Stadium on August 06, 2013
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Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Phil Smith secures a move to Conference Premier side Aldershot Town.

Aldershot Town boss Andy Scott believes that goalkeeper Phil Smith can bring a "calmness" to the Conference Premier side's backline.

Smith was released by Portsmouth at the end of the season, but Scott has moved quickly to secure the signature of the 34-year-old, who also spent a month on loan at Dartford late last year.

The 41-year-old told the club's official website: "Phil was somebody that we tried to sign on loan last year.

"There's an aura about him that will hopefully calm our defenders and they'll know that they've got somebody assured behind them.

"We kept 11 clean sheets last season and I'd like to get a few more of those."

Smith's transfer to Aldershot will not be officially completed until August 1.

Aldershot manager Andy Scott looks on prior to the npower League Two match between Aldershot Town and Dagenham and Redbridge at the EBB Stadium on April 20, 2013
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