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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor signs midfielder Connor Smith from Championship club Watford

08 January 2014

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

Gillingham have signed attacking midfielder Connor Smith on loan from Championship club Watford until the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international is set to go straight into boss Peter Taylor's squad for the League 1 game at Colchester on Saturday.

Smith was spotted on Sky programme Football's Next Star and was picked up by Watford's academy

He scored against Gills in a 3-0 pre-season friendly victory before being handed his league debut by former Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in August 2012.

The 20-year-old has played eight times for Watford, including five appearances this season.

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