MICHAEL Smith believes he is starting to settle into life at the County Ground despite not having much of a chance to bond with his new teammates yet.
The Geordie, signed from Charlton 10 days ago, has made three appearances for the Robins so far which have yielded three goals, although he was unable to find the net in Town’s 1-0 loss to Oldham on Saturday.
Although he has played three times under Mark Cooper the wet weather and midweek fixture away at Walsall have meant he has been unable to train with his new teammates as often as he would like, but the tall striker is making the best of the situation.
“We’ve hardly trained to be honest because the weather’s been so bad but I’ve been able to bond with the lads alright.
“Even the drive up on the coach to Walsall was good for that and around the training ground too, that’s where you get to know the other players.
“I’m learning what runs people are going to make and things like that and also how people play and that will all come with time.
“There are a lot of good strikers at the club and that’s great too.
“Nile (Ranger) is great with the ball at his feet, and that’s great for a big man, but we can do both sides of the game together I think because we can deal with the long stuff and work with the ball at our feet too.”
Smith failed to find the net for the first time in his brief Town career against Oldham at the weekend but is already ahead of his goals target, even if he isn’t ready to reveal it just yet.
“After my debut I said not to expect it every week and I don’t want to jinx anything but hopefully I can keep that run going,” he said.
“I’ve really enjoyed the little time I’ve been here so far and hopefully in the future I can carry on scoring goals for the club.
“I do usually set targets but I keep them for myself, and if I’m not meeting them I will have a word with myself.”