FOOTBALL-BERMUDA-Striker Smith extends stay at Cheltenham, dreams of Wembley final.


Striker Jonte Smith has extended his stay at English League Two club Cheltenham Town and says he is dreaming of becoming the fourth Bermudian player to appear in a Wembley Stadium final.

League Two clubs have voted to curtail the regular season because of the coronavirus pandemic, but play-offs for a place in League One are expected to go ahead. When play was halted in March Cheltenham were in fifth spot in the table..

To get to Wembley, Cheltenham will first have to overcome Northampton Town over a two-legged play-off semi-final, but Smith is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nahki Wells (Bradford City), Kyle Lightbourne (Stoke City) and Shaun Goater (Rotherham United and Manchester City).

Of the three, Wells - now at Championship club Bristol City - is so far the only Bermudian to score at the world-famous London venue, in Bradford's 3-0 League Two play-off final triumph over Northampton in 2013.

Bermudian Jonte Smith.

Smith's contract with Cheltenham - nicknamed the Robins - was due to expire on June 3, but he has agreed to extend the deal for another month, ensuring he will be available for Cheltenham's bid to reach League One, along with with Crewe Alexandra, Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle, who filled the three automatic promotion spots.

'I'm happy to be a part of the team for the play-offs,' 25-year-old Smith told media in the Gloucestershire town.

'It's been a strange season, but I think personally it's been a good one as eventful as it's been. I've scored a few goals and made an assist in around 500 or so minutes, scoring my first Football League goal.

'It's now an opportunity to become the fourth Bermudian to play in a...

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