Nantwich Town are delighted to announce the signing of forward A-Jay Leitch-Smith ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Most recently at Altrincham, 32-year-old Leitch-Smith is best known as a product of the Crewe Alex academy, coming up through the ranks to spend 6 years as part of the first team at Gresty Road.

He was a part of one of the most successful spells in the Alex’s recent history, scoring a vital goal in the 2012 League Two Play-Off Semi Final away at Southend and assisting one of the goals at Wembley as they gained promotion to League One.

He also came off the bench in Crewe’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory at Wembley the following year, before departing the club in 2014 with 22 goals in 122 games.

Leitch-Smith remained an EFL player for the following 7 years, barring a loan spell in Scotland with Dundee where he bagged 6 goals in the Scottish Premiership in the 2017/18 season.

Spells at Yeovil, a successful season at Port Vale, Shrewsbury and Morecambe followed, before he accepted an offer to play under former Dabbers boss Phil Parkinson at Altrincham in the National League, where last season he scored 4 goals and assisted 1 in 19 appearances.

A-Jay spoke to us about his signing, saying:

“It’s great to be here, I’ve been talking to the gaffer for a while so it’s great to get it done. It’s good to be based back in Cheshire agin, there’s a great set-up here so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

And manager Dave Cooke said of A-Jay:

“A-Jay’s a class act, lives locally, and we hope he can slot in here. We think he has the potential to be one of the best strikers in this league.”

A-Jay is wearing our new home shirt for this season, which is available to pre-order now from our Club Shop or online here.

And to buy tickets for any of our home pre-season fixtures where you could see A-Jay in action, click here.