Sky Bet League One outfit Northampton Town have completed the loan signing of Portsmouth striker Michael Smith according to the club’s official website.

The 25-year-old Wallsend born frontman moves to Sixfields on a loan deal until the end of the season just seven months after joining Portsmouth on a permanent deal.

Smith joins a Northampton Town side who have lost five of their last six matches. New Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh is hoping that the striker will help provide the goals to ensure that the club remain well clear of possible relegation trouble.

The experienced frontman is a product of the famous Wallsend Boys Club. Smith started his senior career with Darlington for whom he bagged six goals in 37 appearances before signing a three-year deal at Charlton Athletic in August 2011.

Smith failed to make the grade at The Valley and was loaned out to Accrington Stanley, Newport County, Colchester United and AFC Wimbledon before joining Swindon Town in January 2014. The player was at his most prolific during his time at The County Ground scoring 24 goals in 69 matches for The Robins.

Towards the end of his spell with the Wiltshire club, Smith was loaned to Barnsley and Portsmouth before moving to Fratton Park on a permanent basis in the summer. The striker has been in and out of the Pompey starting line up this season and Smith could now play an important role for Northampton Town.

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