The Non-League Paper reports that Charlton have beaten Reading to the signature of 6ft. 2in 19-year Tooting and Mitcham midfielder Dorian Smith. Alan Pardew was tipped off about Smith by Tooting manager Billy Smith who was Pardew's boss when he played for Dulwich Hamlet.
The deal with Tooting is a rather unusual one as Smith has signed for the Addicks until the end of the season, but will rejoin the Ryman South league side on loan. He will train with the Addicks twice a week and they will have first option if they want to sign him at the end of the season for a renewed battle for promotion.
Charlton is gaining something of a reputation as a destination for non-league players from South London. Billy Smith described Dorian Smith (no relation) as 'a decent player with good ability.' If you feel that this description fits you, you are a non-league player in South London and would like a chance to work out with the Charlton squad, simply text Sparrows Lane: Available[Space]Name[Space]Position. Pards will do the rest.