Experienced goalkeeper Phil Smith has joined Aldershot Town after signing from League Two outfit, Portsmouth.

The 34 year-old arrives after 18 months at Fratton Park, which followed spells at Swindon Town and Crawley Town.

Smith said: “Straight away, I was interested in signing. It’s always seemed like a nice place to come and play.

“I’ve played here a few times and always thought that I’d like to be involved at some point. When I was in the Conference, it was one of the places that you wanted to play.”

Smith was one of seven goalkeepers who have been put through their paces at the Bourley Road training complex this week – all looking to get the chance to impress when the Shots open their pre-season account against Chelsea Under 21s night Friday night.

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Scott added: “He was somebody that we tried to sign on loan last year and he jumped at the chance.

“He’s still desperate to play and we’ve finally got him. His distribution is good, he talks well, he's got physical presence, and he understands the game.

“There’s an aura about him that will hopefully calm our defenders and know that they’ve got somebody assured behind them.”

Smith will now team up alongside defenders Jaydon Gibbs and Anthony Tonkin after both signed extended contracts this week.

The full-backs are the final players from last season’s squad to commit their futures and join Chris Barker, Joe Oastler, Jordan Roberts, Mark Molesley, Brett Williams, Josh Scott and Tristan Plummer in penning new deals.

With Smith now on board, Andy Scott is confident of conceding less goals next season.

"We kept eleven clean sheets last season and I'd like to get a few more of those," he added.

"We've got plenty of options in defence, with experience and energy, but physically we're a big side now as well. we are physically imposing without falling short on the energy, and with the quality that we're bringing in people can see that we can get the best of all those elements into the team."