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CRAIG
MACKAIL-SMITH
(Forward)
Born: 25 Feb 1984
Where: Watford
Joined Wycombe: August 2017 - Free from Luton Town.
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Notts County 4 - 19 Aug 2017 - League Two
First goal: Colchester 1 Wycombe 2 - 23 Sep 2017 - League Two
Contracted until June 2020
Craig Mackail-Smith Career summary at Wycombe:
up to end of 2017/18
43 apps - 10 goals
Career Details - (*) indicates loan spell
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
May04-Jan07 Dagenham & Redbridge 93(13) 38 12(0) 4
Jan07-Jul11 Peterborough United 173(12) 80 25(2) 19
Jul11-Aug15 Brighton & Hove A 79(30) 21 8(5) 3
Nov14-Dec14 Peterborough United(*) 3(0) 0 0(0) 0
Aug15-Aug17 Luton Town 27(8) 4 3(2) 1
Feb17-May17 Peterborough United(*) 14(4) 5 0(0) 0
2017/2018 Wycombe Wanderers 27(14) 8 2(0) 2
2018/2019 Wycombe Wanderers - - - -
Background:
Striker signed by Wanderers on a free transfer from fellow League Two side Luton Town in August 2017. He arrived at Adams Park on a one year deal having clocked up over 500 senior appearances in a career stretching back to his time with then Isthmian League St Albans City. His most prolific spell came at Peterborough United where he scored 99 goals in 212 First Team appearances. His success at Posh prompted Brighton and Hove Albion to fork out a 2.5m transfer fee in the summer of 2011. He returned to Peterborough for a loan spell while at Brighton, before joining The Hatters in August 2015 to reunite with former Dagenham boss John Still. However, suffered an injury hit time at Kenilworth Road and found himself back on loan at Peterborough before being released at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Commenting on the signing in August 2017, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: Craig could be the final piece in the jigsaw for us and Im over the moon to bring him here because hes got talent and a pedigree which are above this level, and Ive no doubt he will strengthen the options we have in our frontline. His goalscoring record speaks for itself but hes also got an unbelievable work ethic and will run through brick walls for the team. All the reports Ive had, from other managers and from lads in our changing room who have played with Craig previously, say hes a top, top professional who will bring extra pace, quality and goals to the attack."

Scored his first goal for Wanderers in the 2-1 win at Colchester United on 23 September 2017, while on 18 November 2017 he bagged the fastest hat-trick to date in the Football League history of the Club, with three goals in just 11 minutes. It beat the previous record of 16 minutes held by Scott McGleish during the 4-0 victory over Mansfield in January 2008.

Finished the season with ten goals in all competitions from 43 appearances and was rewarded for being part of Wanderers' promotion winning side with a further two year contract. Gareth Ainsworth said: "Craig came to us with a fantastic pedigree across the Football League and has fitted in superbly with the way we play. As well as his goals, he brings an unbelievable work ethic and runs his socks off every game to help the team. Hed had a serious injury at Luton before coming here but proved hes fully recovered and has plenty of football left in him, so Im thrilled to keep him as part of the squad for another two seasons."

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