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Competition winner Smith signs one year Swindon deal

League Two Swindon have signed Stone Dominoes right-back Chris Smith after the youngster won a competition run by electronics company Samsung. The 21 year old beat off 5,000 applicants to land a one-year contract with Paolo Di Canio's side.

"When he [Di Canio] said I was the winner I was stuck for words," Smith told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It was him who rang me and spoke to me on the phone. I was a bit lost for words as I couldn't believe he just rang me. It was the best feeling ever. I thought I'd missed my chance to turn professional two or three years ago."

Di Canio was impressed by Smith and he will join a squad that contains Jordan Pavett, who won the same competition last year but has yet to feature for the first team.

"Chris looked older than his age. As a right-back he has a fantastic quality. He's not very tall but when he challenges the opponent he has balance. Also, on the ball he is very good," Di Canio told BBC Late Kick Off.

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