Early praise for Aussie-born Smith

Australian-born defender Brad Smith has received words of encouragement from his new boss and says he’s out to “get as many minutes as possible” on loan at Swindon Town.

Smith, 20, joined the League One club on a season-long loan from Liverpool late last week, before debuting and playing a full match in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe.

Penrith-born Smith is eligible to play for either Australia or England, and has been capped by the latter at youth level in recent times.

After making his Liverpool debut against Chelsea last season, the 2014-15 campaign is all about game-time and development for Smith.

The full-back made a positive start on the weekend after training only once with his new team-mates before his debut.

“The more Brad Smith trains and gets used to us and the more we get used to him, the more we’ll see from him,” Swindon boss Mark Cooper told reporters after Saturday’s game.

Smith received positive reports from the weekend, with his pace a feature as he slotted well in the side’s 3-5-2 formation.

“It is one of my attributes so I want to use it well,” Smith told the Swindon Advertiser.

“If you don’t have pace you have to have other things but it helps me a lot.”

Smith has failed to add to his Reds debut, but said his season-long loan was all about gaining senior experience.

“I just want to get as many minutes as possible and help the lads do as well as they can this season,” Smith said.

“I’ve played 21s for three years and Under-18s before that. I got a sniff of the first team but it’s good to be out here and get some experience with a good team.”