Former Town defender Tommy Smith has signed for Australian side Macarthur FC after leaving League Two outfit MK Dons.

The Bulls currently sit fourth in the A-League, with the signing described as 'pivotal' as they seek to mount a challenge for the title.

Now 33, Smith joined the Dons in the summer after being released by Colchester United, but has found game-time hard to come by at Stadium MK. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Tommy Smith joined MK Dons in the summer.Tommy Smith joined MK Dons in the summer. (Image: PA)

He has made just 13 appearances, with only with only three since Mike Williamson took over at the helm in October.

Smith grew up in New Zealand, before he joined Town's academy at the age of 16 and went on to make over 250 appearances, scoring 23 goals for the Blues.

He left Town for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS in January 2018, spending two years there before signing for Sunderland in 2020. 

The New Zealand international could come up against former Town players in Ben Folami and Ryan Tunnicliffe, who play at Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United respectively. 

In a statement on the Bulls' website announcing Smith's arrival, it says: "Tommy Smith’s involvement with the club is seen as a pivotal move to enhance the Bull’s defensive capabilities, aligning with the club’s objectives for the remainder of the 2023/24 A-League Season and our ongoing AFC Cup campaign.

"We are excited to welcome Tommy Smith to Macarthur FC. We look forward to witnessing him don the Bulls’ colors and showcasing the invaluable experience he brings to the club."