Smith open to future A-League return

Former Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith is enjoying his football in Thailand but is not ruling out a return to the A-League in two years' time.

Smith left the Roar in December to start a two-year deal with Bangkok Glass FC.

The centre-back has made a fast start to his career in the Thai Premier League, bagging two goals already in just four games.

“So far so good, I've been here nearly three months now and feel that my family and I have settled and adapted well,” Smith told FourFourTwo.

“Bangkok Glass FC have helped enormously with the transition. Obviously the language and cultural barriers are quite different so the club have been great in assisting wherever we have needed."

Bangkok Glass are undefeated after four rounds of the competition, with three wins and a draw.

Smith said he has been surprised by the standard of Thai football.

“When I joined it was the start of the pre-season so we played a lot of pre-season matches,” he said.

“With a new Spanish coach with a new style implementing to the club we are happy with the results so far. I still feel we have a long way to go, although I think as the season continues we will get better. 

“The standard is surprising, completely different to the A-League. With more teams and more games throughout the season it faces different challenges to the A-League.

“Playing style, approach, players' ability and game play culturally and tactically are different to what I am used to so I'm using as much time as possible to learn everyday and adapt.

"My new team-mates have been great with this, speaking with me on the expectations for matches, history, players and teams in Thailand."

Smith spent four years with Brisbane, playing over 100 matches for the club and helping it to two league premierships and three grand-final wins.

The 32-year-old is contracted to Bangkok Glass until the end of 2016 season, when he will be 34.

Smith said he is unsure what his move will be at the end of next year but he will be looking to play on.

“I guess with football you can never look too far into the future as it can change very quickly,” he said.

“I'm just making the most of the time now. I’ve got no plans to retire [then]. Of course I will be looking to play after my current deal and feel I have a lot of football still to offer. I wouldn't be closed to any opportunity.”

The three-time Socceroo and ex-Roar captain has kept a close eye on his old A-League club in the past few months.

Smith believes Brisbane have turned a corner of late and can make the semi-finals this season.

Currently the Roar sit in sixth position, one point above seventh-placed Melbourne City, on the table.

“I think that the Roar have turned another corner and think they can mount a challenge to the championship again,” the defender said.

“I feel that they recruited well in the January window and are playing some good football. I speak with Thomas [Broich] quite a bit and feel they are on the right track. 

“In recent weeks all the clubs have been dropping points. The Roar has great experience when it comes to this time of the season and think it will prove vital.”