Championship newcomers Brentford are among those being linked with the Bristol Rovers' player of the season Michael Smith
– with a clutch of Football League clubs queuing up to land the defender. At least two League One outfits are also understood to be targeting the talented right-back, with Peterborough United and Barnsley both expressing an interest in the 25-year-old. Smith currently has another season left on his existing contract with the Pirates and the club have offered him a new and extended deal in a bid to keep him at the Memorial Stadium and would command a fee should any of the interested parties firm up their interest with an official offer.
Former Rovers boss Paul Buckle signed Smith from Northern Ireland Premiership club Ballymena United in 2011. He has since made 84 league starts for Rovers with a further 17 appearances from the bench and was one of their most consistent performers during a disastrous campaign which saw them drop from the Football League on the final day of the season.