Alan Smith relishing Notts County challenge

A general view of Meadow Lane, home of Notts County during their League Cup match against Fleetwood Town on August 7, 2013
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Alan Smith reveals that he is looking forward to working with Notts County manager Shaun Derry following his arrival at the League One club.

Alan Smith has revealed that he is relishing the chance to work with Notts County manager Shaun Derry following his arrival at the League One club.

The former England and Manchester United midfielder signed a one-year deal to become a player-coach at Meadow Lane on Tuesday.

Smith now hopes that he can help Derry to create a winning mentality among the squad for next season.

"We seem to get on as people," the 33-year-old told BBC Sport. "We are both very honest. We are both very passionate and committed to what we do, and when the opportunity came I jumped at the chance.

"We are trying to create an environment that breeds a winning mentality."

Smith has joined County after failing to agree a new contract with MK Dons.

Alan Smith of MK Dons in action during the FA Cup Second match between MK Dons and Dover Athletic match at Stadium MK on December 7, 2013
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