New Wycombe midfielder reveals big role Sunderland ace Luke O'Nien played in him signing

New Wycombe Wanderers signing Jacob Gardiner-Smith has revealed the key role Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien had to play.

Thursday, 25th July 2019, 8:00 am
Sunderland midfielder Luke O'Nien.

Gardiner-Smith, a midfielder, has signed a one-year deal with the Chairboys following a successful trial and revealed how friend O’Nien has proved an inspiration.

O’Nien joined Sunderland from Wycombe last summer and has since become a firm fan favourite on Wearside.

Gardiner-Smith, 22, said: “Luke O’Nien is obviously a legend at the club, and he gave me the opportunity to ask about a trial – so I have a lot of credit to give to him.

“I have been training with him all summer so I am just so grateful for the opportunity to be here.

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“He is a fantastic example of how far you can get with hard work, resilience and determination – and that’s something I really model myself on.

“Of course I want to be my own player and make a name for myself,” added the Wycombe midfielder.