Noah Smerdon has secured a move to Exeter City, after the 1931 Fund helped provide an undisclosed fee to West Bromwich Albion for the youngster.
The 1931 Fund is a group of around 60 Exeter City supporters, who all donate £19 a month to help pay towards an extra member of the first team squad.
The 18-year-old spent time with the Baggies within their youth setup, but departed the Hawthorns, and joined Gloucester City in 2017.
For their part in Noah’s development, West Brom are entitled to a fee for the youngster upon his move to St James Park.
On signing for the Grecians, Noah said: “I’m delighted to have joined Exeter City, I know about the history of the club and the players that have come through here. It’s a really good opportunity. There are some high-profile names to have come through like Ethan Ampadu and many others.”
“The fans are obviously a massive part of the club, it’s owned by them, and the whole 1931 shows the link between the club and fans. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them.”
Smerdon became Matt Taylor’s ninth signing of the summer transfer window, and the City manager is pleased to have secured the services of a promising young talent.
He said: “We’ve tried our best in terms of recruiting in the right areas, Noah is someone who has been on our radar for some months now. We’ve watched him several times and we’ve got good reports from various managers who he has worked under at Gloucester in Marc Richards and Mike Cook
“He’s a player with huge potential and hopefully this is the right club for him to develop that potential and become a first team player.”
Matt was also keen to praise the 1931 Fund for their continued support to the club having helped to secure the signing of Noah.
He continued saying: “It’s allowed us to bring in Noah, he was contracted to Gloucester, but we also owed a little bit of money in terms of a tribunal to West Brom and the 1931 Fund have helped us do that and secure his services. Hopefully we can now take it to the next level and keep his progression and his development paramount in our minds. It’s all he’s got to concentrate on for the next two years of his life and hopefully he will go on to have a successful football career.”