Brad Smith (footballer, born 1994)

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith 2012.jpg
Smith in 2012
Personal information
Full name Bradley Shaun Smith[1]
Date of birth (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Penrith, Australia[2]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) [3]
Playing position Left back / left winger
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 44
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Liverpool 1 (0)
2014 Swindon Town (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2011 England U17 11 (1)
2012–2014 England U19 2 (0)
2014 England U20 3 (0)
2015– Australia U23 3 (1)
2014– Australia 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:25, 25 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2015

Bradley Shaun Smith (born 9 April 1994) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a left back or left winger for Liverpool.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Penrith in Australia, Smith moved to England at the age of 14.[4] While playing for his local high school side Smith was scouted by Liverpool and invited to join their academy.[2]

Senior career[edit]

A week before his debut, Smith was promoted to the first team alongside his U21 youth team compatriot Jordan Rossiter. On 26 December 2013, Smith was named on the Liverpool bench in a 2–1 loss to Manchester City.[5] Three days later, Smith made his senior debut for Liverpool after coming on in the 59th minute, replacing injured Joe Allen, in a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Despite his original position being left back, he was deployed in the left wing as further as possible but he was not able to make a difference to the result as Liverpool lost the match 2–1. For the occasion he was handed no 44 previously worn by current teammate Jordon Ibe.[6]

Swindon Town (loan)[edit]

On 7 August 2014, Smith was loaned to Swindon Town on a season-long youth loan.[7] He made his debut for the club, playing the full match on 9 August.[8] On 20 October 2014, Smith was then recalled by Liverpool and returned to his parent club.[9]

International[edit]

Although he was born in Australia, Smith was also eligible to play for England as his parents are English.[10] Smith represented the England under-17 side at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and made his England U20 debut at the end of the 2013–14 season.[4] On 21 August 2014, Smith was named in the Socceroos squad to face Belgium and Saudi Arabia.[11] He completed his change of eligibility to Australia during a friendly against Belgium on September 6, 2014.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 September 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2013–14[13] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[14] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2014–15[14] League One 7 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 10 0
Career total 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Lists 2013/14 are revealed". Premier League. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brad Smith". Liverpool Football Club. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Brad Smith". Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Garb, Daniel. "Socceroos could enter fight with England over Liverpool defender Brad Smith's eligibility". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Manchester City 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brad Smith: Liverpool full-back joins Swindon Town on loan". BBC Sport. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Swindon 3–1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Socceroo Brad Smith, on loan at Swindon, recalled by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers". Fox Sports Australia. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Liverpool's Penrith-born defender Brad Smith refuses to commit his future to Australia". foxsports.com.au. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/socceroos/ange-postecoglou-will-name-a-socceroos-squad-to-take-on-belgium-and-saudi-arabia/story-e6frf4l3-1227031640403
  12. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/sep/05/australias-socceroos-fall-to-belgium-in-friendly
  13. ^ "Games played by Brad Smith in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Brad Smith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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