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Schmeltz set to sign

10 January 2014

Dutch winger Sidney Schmeltz joins on loan from Oldham

Graham Turner has bolstered his squad with the addition of Oldham winger Sidney Schmeltz on loan until the end of the season.

Town have been short of wingers since Adam Reach returned to Middlesbrough, and GT has moved quickly to bring in the pacey Dutchman in time for tomorrow’s trip to MK Dons.

The 24-year-old started his career in his native Holland with Willem II in 2008 before switching to Almere City in 2010. He also represented Sparta Rotterdam and SC Veendam in his homeland from 2011-2013 before crossing over to England last June to join the Latics.

Schmeltz has been in and out of the Oldham side this term, but he impressed at Greenhous Meadow in September as the Latics won 4-1 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and again as a substitute in Town’s 2-1 win at Boundary Park on New Year’s Day.

“I’m delighted that Sidney’s joining us, he’ll certainly add something to the squad,” said Turner

“He’s quick and skilful. We’ve had him watched a number of times and everything has been complimentary.

“He caused us serious problems here when we got beat 4-1 and he scored, those things stick in your mind. I think Oldham want to freshen up their squad and have allowed one or two players to come out, so he’s going to be on loan with us until the end of the season.

“I think the crowd will take to him. He’s got that ability and pace that supporters like to watch. Adam Reach has gone back now, and he was a little bit more direct with his running whereas Sidney is a bit more skilful.”

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