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Chris Smalling’s been getting some rave reviews from those of us who been fortunate to watch his development at very close quarters since he signed from Maidstone a year and a half ago.

How sick must Millwall be feeling that they let the boy go now? Smalling’s certainly relishing his second chance.

It may be disheartening at the start when you find yourself in the non-League but, if you keep your performance levels up and get to grips with the job in front of you, then you adapt pretty quickly.

I thought I would get my chance eventually. I didn’t give up. I’d like to set an example if there are people out there who have to drop down to non-League.

There’s always another level to kick on to and you never know what clubs are watching you. You just need to keep up your performance level.