AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith finds himself out-of-contract at the end of the 2020/21 Championship campaign.
The 29-year-old joined the Cherries for this second stint in 2014 from Tottenham Hotspur after falling out of favour during his loan spell with Derby County.
Smith first made the move to Dean Court from Tottenham in September 2010 on a youth loan and went on to make 42 appearances for the Cherries that season.
AFC Bournemouth reached the League One play-offs, with Smith’s final game for the Cherries coming at Huddersfield as Lee Bradbury’s side were knocked out on penalties.
If he had thought his first spell was successful, then his second spell would prove even better.
During his first full season with AFC Bournemouth, the Cherries would go on to win the Championship title and with it promotion to the Premier League. Smith made 29 appearances in that campaign (six starts), with his versatility proving his strength as he was utilised on both flanks in both defensive and midfield roles.
With promotion to the Premier League, the injury to captain Tommy Elphick and the move from right-back to centre-back for Simon Francis, the right-back birth became Adam Smith’s during that first season in the top flight, a position he has held on to ever since.
He has now made 276 appearances for the club over his two spells at Dean Court, but alongside Junior Stanislas, his future is not known.
Should Smith be offered a new deal?
Speaking to the Daily Echo about his contract situation, Smith said…
“To be honest, I’m not really thinking about my contract situation. There’s so many games, I haven’t got time to think about it to be honest!
“I just need to focus on playing and get this club where it deserves to be, in the Premier League.
“I just need to focus on playing and once we know what’s happening, if we’re in the play-offs or whatnot, then I can make a decision on my future.
“But, for myself, I need to focus on playing and getting this team back in the Premier League.”
Adam Smith also 30 for the majority of next season, can play left and right back, wingback, and can replace a winger if holding onto a lead. Great utility option for a lot of clubs.
Stacey is more than an adequate replacement for Smith and there were rumours Burnley wanted him in the transfer windows.
I think Smith has also been great for us but I do think Stacey is probably a better option now… Smith will feature less and less the longer he is here, where I imagine he could walk into most other top Championship sides as the first choice Right Back… Possibly even bottom end Premier League sides. – Join the conversation, click here.