Cork City signed attacker Dan Smith on loan from Portsmouth until July.

Smith,19, has received international clearance and will go straight into John Caulfield's squad for tonight's game at Sligo Rovers.

The Leesiders have lost their first two league games and have yet to score, going down 1-0 against St Pat's and then losing 2-0 at home to Waterford. 

Caulfield has aired his frustration at their inability to find the net, and will hope Englishman Smith can hit the ground running.

"The intensity of training was great, and the lads are really good players," said Smith.

"It was hard work to be honest! I maybe need to work on my fitness, but I thought I did well and I am looking forward to maybe getting some game time.

"A lot of people said to me that the standard would be a lot higher than you would think, and it definitely is. The intensity and the work rate of the lads is top drawer, so I am looking forward to it.

"I am coming over to get games and to get goals, experience it over here and hopefully do well. I win a lot of headers, hold the ball up reasonably well, run the lines, run in behind and score a few goals as well, so hopefully I can do that here."

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Commenting on the news, Cork boss Caulfield added: "We are very happy; he comes highly recommended from Portsmouth. He is a big strong lad, with a very good touch and he looks like a good finisher.

"He has trained with us, but he obviously needs to get up to the intensity and the pace of our game. He was at our game against Waterford and he said it was a higher intensity than he had been playing at, so we will work to get him up to the speed of things, but he will go straight into the squad for the Sligo game."

Smith’s arrival comes on the back of the news that another loan signing, Matthew Gillam, will be out for a number of weeks after suffering a hamstring injury prior to the season opener against St Pat’s.

"It is very disappointing for Matthew; he pulled his hamstring and will be out for eight to weeks, so it is great to get Dan in to give us another option because we need options in the attacking area," said Caulfield.