Jonté Smith says he is thrilled to have made his debut for Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town at the first opportunity last weekend.
The Bermuda forward, who has signed for the club until January, replaced forward Luke Varney in the third minute of second-half stoppage time in Cheltenham’s 4-2 home victory over Stevenage at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
“I’m happy to have made my debut so quickly into joining Cheltenham,” Smith said. “I’m working hard and hoping to get more opportunities as time goes on.”
Danny Newton equalised twice for Stevenage to cancel out goals from Gavin Reilly and Sean Long. However, Ryan Broom’s strike made it 3-2 ten minutes from the end and substitute Alex Addai rounded off the scoring in added time.
“Getting three points and putting in a good team performance is always a great feeling,” Smith added. “I can’t wait to contribute as much as I can to this great team.”
Cheltenham are sixth in the table with 11 points after seven games.
Smith signed for Cheltenham on transfer deadline day and made himself unavailable for Bermuda’s opening Concacaf Nations League home and away fixtures against Panama as the final details of his deal were being finalised.
His club debut arrived on the same day as Bermuda’s superb 2-0 win over Panama at the Rommel Fernández Stadium.
“The 2-0 result against Panama was another historic moment for this great Bermuda team,” Smith said. “There is so much talent in this team and no limit to what we can achieve.”
A Nahki Wells brace either side of the break guided Bermuda to the memorable victory over Panama, who are placed 74th in the Fifa world rankings, 100 positions above coach Kyle Lightbourne’s team.
It was the perfect response for Bermuda against the Central Americans, who featured in the World Cup in Russia last year, having suffered a 4-1 defeat to the same opponents at the National Stadium three days prior.
“I wasn’t involved in this series of games, but I know that after the first performance the boys wanted to put things right in the next game, and I knew that they would,” Smith added.
“There are big games coming up against Mexico and we want to continue to prove that we belong among our region’s elite.”
Bermuda will face Mexico at home on October 11 and away on November 19 in their remaining group B fixtures of League A.