Matty Smith

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Matty Smith
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Smith
Born (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 27)
Whiston, Merseyside, England
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 13 st 5 lb (85 kg) [2]
Playing information
Position Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–10 St. Helens 20 3 10 1 33
2008 Widnes (loan) 9 3 0 0 12
2009 Crusaders (loan) 16 3 2 1 17
2010 Salford (loan) 26 8 4 1 41
2011–12 Salford 50 6 3 0 30
2012– Wigan 71 14 129 12 326
Total 192 37 148 15 459
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–12 England Knights 2 1 5 0 14
2014 England 2 0 0 0 0
As of 29 May 2014
Source: rugbyleagueproject

Matty Smith (born 23 July 1987) is an English rugby league footballer who currently plays for Wigan in the Super League. His positions is Scrum-half. He previously played for St Helens and Salford, and spent time on loan at Widnes Vikings and Celtic Crusaders. Before converting to rugby league, Smith had a youth career with Premier League association football club Everton, occasionally appearing in the reserve team.

St Helens (2006-2010)[edit]

After coming through the junior ranks at St Helens, Smith made his Super League debut for the club in 2006 in a match against Huddersfield Giants.

After a loan spell in the Championship with Widnes in 2008, Smith joined Celtic Crusaders on a season-long loan and played for the Welsh franchise in their first season in Super League. He later had a loan spell at Salford, for whom he eventually signed on a permanent basis.

After his Salford loan, Smith was recalled by his parent club St. Helens to play in the 2010 Super League Grand Final against Wigan, which St Helens lost despite a valiant performance by Smith.

Salford (2010-2012)[edit]

Following his successful loan spell at the club, Smith signed for Salford after the 2010 season and spent all of 2011 and the first half of 2012 with the club, before moving to his current club, Wigan.

Wigan (2012-present)[edit]

Two days after making his England debut against The Exiles, Smith completed his switch to Wigan on 6 July 2012, after a successful negotiation between the clubs to the early release from his Salford contract.[3] He made his debut on 3 August 2012 against Hull, with Wigan winning the match 48-10.[4]

In 2013, Matty received the famous number 7 jersey formerly worn by the likes of Thomas Leuluai, Adrian Lam, Shaun Edwards and Andy Gregory.[5] Smith won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the 2013 Challenge Cup Final as Wigan defeated Hull F.C. 16-0 at Wembley. He was also part of the Wigan team that beat Warrington Wolves 30-16 in the Super League Grand Final as Wigan earned the rare distinction of a Super League and Challenge Cup double. He ended the year with selection in the Super League Dream Team.

After legendary goalkicker Pat Richards returned to the NRL at the end of the 2013 season, Matty Smith was given the goalkicking duties for Wigan. Smith also kicked 6 drop goals in the 2014 regular season for Wigan as well as earning a spot in the 2014 Super League Dream Team. On Friday 19 September, a night after Smith grabbed 21 points in the 57-4 playoff rout against the Huddersfield Giants, he signed a new four year contract with the Warriors.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matty Smith". wiganwarriors.com. Wigan Warriors. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Salford City Reds Official club website". web page. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Matty Smith completes Salford City Reds to Wigan move". www.bbc.co.uk/sport/accessdate=2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ BBC Sports
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ http://www.wiganwarriors.com/WContent.aspx?id=9738&type=news

External links[edit]

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