Smith delight at Leeds move

New Leeds United forward Matt Smith says he is pleased to have signed for such a 'great' club.

Last Updated: 11/06/13 at 16:38 Post Comment

Matt Smith: Oldham forward heading to Elland Road

Matt Smith: Oldham forward heading to Elland Road

The 24-year-old was a free agent after turning down a new contract offer from Oldham and says that the move to Leeds came about relatively quickly.

Speaking to Sky Sports News Radio, he said: "It all pieced together over my summer holidays in America in May.

"I kept in touch with my agent throughout and then I spoke with Brian McDermott at the end of May to sort things out.

"Brian spoke about how big the club is, how great it is and how he could help develop me as a player."

Smith scored 14 goals in 75 games for the Latics and thinks the chance to work with his new manager was a key factor in his decision to join the Yorkshire side.

He added: "First and foremost Brian is a coach and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"When you see his track record you can see why he's such a respected coach. It seems like a really good club to be involved in and join.

"The team is looking to compete at the right end of the table and hopefully we can be there or thereabouts in the hunt to go up."

The University of Manchester graduate was disappointed to leave Oldham, who finished in 19th position in League One, three points above the relegation zone.

Smith said: "I had two wonderful years at Oldham. It's a great club with great people working there.

"But I'm an ambitious person and I want to play at the highest level possible and I'm looking forward to embracing it with both hands."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received following the death of his wife.

Raheem Sterling would interest Manchester City – Sky sources

Manchester City would be interested in signing Raheem Sterling if he were to become available, according to Sky sources.

Alan Pardew not sure Crystal Palace can match fine season in 2015-16

Alan Pardew says it is going to be difficult to repeat Crystal Palace's sensational second half of the season when the 2015-16 campaign starts.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company