Brad Smith (footballer, born 1994)
Smith with Liverpool in 2012
|Full name||Bradley Shaun Smith|
|Date of birth||9 April 1994|
|Place of birth||Penrith, Australia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2014||→ Swindon Town (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2017
Born in Sydney, Smith moved to England to play youth football for Liverpool as a teenager, eventually making his professional debut for the side in 2013. He has also spent time on loan at Swindon Town in 2014.
Smith represented England at youth levels (eligible through his parents) but subsequently switched to play for Australia.
A week before his debut, Smith was promoted to the first team alongside his U21 youth team partner Jordan Rossiter. On 26 December 2013, Smith was named on the Liverpool bench in a 2–1 loss at Manchester City. Three days later, he made his senior debut for Liverpool after coming on in the 59th minute, replacing the injured Joe Allen in a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He was deployed as a left winger, but was unable to make a difference to the result as Liverpool lost the match 2–1.
Loan to Swindon Town
On 7 August 2014, Smith was loaned to Swindon Town of League One on a season-long youth loan. He made his debut for the club two days later, playing the entirety of a 3–1 win over Scunthorpe United at the County Ground. He was recalled by Liverpool on 20 October due to a contract dispute, having played ten matches in total.
Return to Liverpool
In June 2015, Smith's contract expired with the player having rejected a new deal from the club however the club continued to hold his registration and as the player was under the age of 24, Liverpool would have been due a compensation fee if he had signed for another club. On 17 November 2015, Smith signed a new long term contract with Liverpool, putting an end to his contract dispute. On 2 December, he came on as a 77th-minute substitute for Alberto Moreno in a League Cup quarter-final away to Southampton, assisting Divock Origi's hat-trick goal which confirmed a 6–1 victory.
On 8 January 2016, he started his first FA Cup match for the club in a third round match against Exeter City and scored his first senior goal for the club. In the replay of the F.A. Cup match against Exeter City, Smith assisted the first goal, scored by Joe Allen, in the 9th minute. Smith made his first Premier League start against Bournemouth on 16 April 2016. in a 2–0 victory for his side. He made his second Premier League start on the 31st of April against Swansea in a 3–1 loss, and was sent off for a second yellow card in the 76th minute.
On 23 July, it emerged that Liverpool had accepted a £6m offer from Bournemouth for Smith, and the move was confirmed on 27 July, after he had flown back from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the US for a medical at the south coast club. A buy-back clause was included in the transfer agreement. Smith made his competitive debut for Bournemouth in a win over Morecambe in the 2016–17 EFL Cup on 24 August 2016. He then made his Premier League debut for the club on 27 November 2016 against Arsenal. He played 81 minutes as Bournemouth lost 3–1. It wasn't until Boxing Day that Brad Smith made his 2nd EPL appearance for Bournemouth starting in its away match to Chelsea. Smith had only limited opportunities in his first season at Bournemouth, with Charlie Daniels preferred at left back.
Although he was born in Australia, Smith was also eligible to play for England as his parents are English. 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. On 21 August 2014, Smith was named in the Socceroos squad to face Belgium and Saudi Arabia. He completed his change of eligibility to Australia during a friendly against Belgium on 4 September 2014.
- As of match played 27 November 2016.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Swindon Town (loan)||2014–15||League One||7||0||0||0||2||0||1[b]||0||10||0|
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