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Waterford FC is today delighted to announce the signings of Matty Smith and Tyreke Wilson ahead of the 2020 season.

Smith signs from Scottish Championship side Dundee United, while Wilson has joined the Blues from Manchester City.

Smith, 22, has spent the first half of the current Scottish season playing with Scottish League two side Cove Rangers where he’s made 8 appearances, netting twice.

Wilson, 20, is a graduate of both Cherry Orchard and Manchester City’s youth academies. The highly-rated left-back has also been capped for Ireland at U17, U19, and U21 level.

Both spoke to after putting pen to paper in the RSC earlier today.

Smith said he was optimistic of scoring plenty of goals for the Blues.

“I’m glad to be here and looking forward to getting started. I know Scotty and Ali and I’ve heard good things about the club. They’ve had good things to say about the team and the club as a whole.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to score plenty of goals here. I’m a very attacking-minded player. Hopefully, I can bring plenty of enjoyment to the fans while I’m here.

“I’ve been out with injuries, so it’s good for me to have pre-season to work through. It gives me a chance to get fit for the 14th of February.”

Wilson, a left-fullback, said he’s looking forward to playing first-team football regularly, and that he’s hopeful of a good run of games in the RSC. 

“Today was my first day of training. There is a really good atmosphere in the dressing room. Everyone seems to buzz off one another so it should be a good season.

“I’m an all-round fullback. I like to defend, but I’m always keen to push forward as well and try to get balls into the box. I’d base myself off Ashley Cole, so I’d like to play like him.

“I want to get playing football regularly at first-team level. I’m hoping for a good run of games here and to see where I can go.”

Also speaking to manager Alan Reynolds said he was delighted to get both players signed.

*Both players are pending clearance.

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