Former Socceroo Matt Smith says he is very grateful and honoured to make history in captaining Bangkok Glass.
The England-born Australian international has agreed to a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Thai club until the end of 2018. He has also been given the armband for the 2016 season.
Smith, who led Brisbane Roar to several trophies in the A-League, is the first non-Thai player to captain Bangkok Glass.
“I think I learnt a lot from my time at Brisbane, from the coaches, players and admin staff,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I hope to bring the obvious leadership qualities and behaviours on the pitch but also enhance and help to continue building the club culture. Yes, rare honour and very grateful for the opportunity to be skipper.
“I’m very honoured to be the first foreign captain of the club.”
Bangkok Glass was founded in 2009 after the club Krug Thai Bank FC had its name changed and moved stadiums.
Former Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins previously coached the Glass Rabbits three years ago.
Smith joined Bangkok Glass in December 2014 after four years with the Roar. The 33-year old made 28 appearances and scored four goals for the club last season.
The Glass Rabbits finished sixth in the Thai Premier League in 2015 but Smith believes they can push on further.
“I feel I am at a good club, with a great vision and approach to football and that excites me,” the centre back said.
“I feel there is lots of things the team can work on to improve and that's a good challenge for us. The club have made me feel valuable and expressed their desire to re-sign me.”
Smith turns 34 in October and it appears unlikely he will return to play in the A-League before retiring, considering he will be 36 at the end of his contract. But the defender isn’t completely ruling it out.
“I’m unsure of the future, [you] never say never but I’m focused on playing here for the immediate future and will see after that,” Smith said.comments