MUSSELBURGH ATHLETIC midfielder Darren Smith will depart Olivebank after their Scottish Junior Cup final against Auchinleck Talbot next month and join South Division outfit Tranent Juniors on a two-year deal.
The 34-year-old has been instrumental in the Burgh engine room since arriving on a short-term contract in January after leaving League One Stirling Albion, where he was club captain. Smith had the opportunity to extend his stay with Musselburgh, but he revealed the chance to join his hometown club and aid their challenge to get out of the bottom tier was simply too good to turn down.
He said: “I’ve stayed in Tranent all my life and I’ve always said that I’d like to finish playing with them one day, so I felt it was the right time to go when I’ve still got something to give.
“It wasn’t an easy decision because Musselburgh have been really good to me. If it had been any other club in that division, I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but the fact it’s my hometown team was a key factor for me.”
Tranent manager Gary Small is delighted to secure the services of experienced Smith, who can also list Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic among his former clubs. He said: “It’s a massive signing for the club. Darren has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he can bring to the table, which will be invaluable.
“I appreciate Darren has a lot of games coming up so his focus will be on Musselburgh Athletic for the time being and he will join up with us for pre-season.”