HARPER AND SMITH LOANS EXTENDED BY CITY

In-form defenders Harvey Smith and Ash Harper have both had their loan periods at the Woodspring extended following negotiations with their parent club Bristol City.

Harvey Smith ©Will.T.Photography

Their time is to be extended by a further two months following their successful integration in to the Seagulls squad.

Harvey commented on his time at the Woodspring last week travelling back from the FA Trophy victory at Welling United, “I feel both Ash and I have fitted in to the team well, the squad is a great group of lads, that are all close. It was a big difference coming from the City U23s squad. In that team we hadn’t been getting the results so to then come to Weston and start winning was great. It’s a fantastic feeling to be on a six game unbeaten run. I’m glad that I have been able to contribute to that form.” Harvey has previously captained Bristol City U18s and also played with their U23s.

Coming in on loan in September Harvey was seen a replacement for the recalled Aden Baldwin, and was also a reinforcement to the back four, alongside fellow City loanee Ashley Harper.

Ashley Harper ©Will.T.Photography

Ash who has had his loan period extended with Weston once already has also been pivotal in helping Weston embark upon their current run of form. “I am really enjoying playing with Weston” commented Ash when asked about his time with the Seagulls. “it’s really helped my game. I was initially surprised at the difference between U23s and first team football. The difference in physicality is huge but it has certainly helped me in my development. I enjoy playing with the team and it’s great to be doing so well at the moment.”

Marc Mcgregor, “we worked hard to maintain both Harvey and Ash in the squad by extending their loans. Both players work hard and their time with us is mutually beneficial for their development and our steady ascent of the table.

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