Hendon striker Leon Smith may just hang up his boots after final disappointment

Hendon striker Leon Smith says he is considering hanging up his boots

Hendon striker Leon Smith says he is considering hanging up his boots - Credit: Archant

During pre-season Leon Smith told his followers on Twitter that he was going to have a good season – 25 goals and two cup winner’s medals later it’s safe to say he was true to his word.

Smith was in superb form in the first half of the campaign, scoring 20 goals before the new year, but a change in system led to the powerful forward spending more time on the subtitutes’ bench, and he is unsure if he will be back giving Ryman League defender nightmares again next season.

Smith said: “I’m not too sure. To be honest I’m thinking of just stopping playing football.

“The last couple of months, my heart hasn’t been there fully. I was on fire and then the shape and the system the team were playing was changed and I [was] ousted out of the line-up. Obviously Kezie Ibe has come in and done well but, confidence-wise, that killed me.

Smith added: “I’ve started a new job and I’ve got to take my family into consideration. We will see what happens.

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“I’ve still got a few months to decide. We will see how I feel when it comes to pre-season.”

The victim of Sunday’s terrible red card decision, Aaron Morgan, is also consiering his future in the game but Smith says nobody in the dressing room is blaming him.

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“Aaron thinks it’s his fault,” he said. “I told him to keep his head up – it’s not his fault. The referee has killed Aaron and the game with that decision.”

If Smith and Morgan do decide to carry on, the former Wingate & Finchley hitman is confident the team would secure promotion.

“Maidstone and Margate have gone up now,” said Smith. “I think next season if this squad of players was to stay together we would win the league – 100 per cent.”

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