Smith: Roar targeting Asia success
Smith won his third grand final with the Roar on Sunday after the Premier’s Plate winners secured a one-goal victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in extra-time.
The Queensland outfit has been the dominant side in the A-League for the past four years but success in Asia has so far eluded them.
“We know how difficult it is to retain a premiership and championship, but Asia is one we definitely want to be competitive and successful (in),” Smith said.
The centre back played every minute for the Roar this season, in all 27 regular season matches and the two finals games, scoring three goals.
Smith described Sunday’s grand final as an intense encounter.
“The grand final was a good, intense game with two teams really playing against their tactical differences to win the match,” he said.
“It is always concerning when you go a goal down, however, going a goal down never deters us of our focus to keep pushing and not give up.
“On many occasions, (we) have come from behind and have belief that we can turn the score line around.”
Smith said the A-League is improving every year and that dominant striker Besart Berisha, who is off to Melbourne Victory, will be hard to replace.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to play in and to win all the grand finals, it is extremely hard and I’m very lucky,” the 31-year old said.
“The A-League gets harder every year and that's a credit to the clubs and the players in it.
“It will be very hard without Besart, he is the league’s best striker and we are sorry to see him go. It is now the club’s responsibility to replace him.”
Smith is contracted to the Roar until the end of the 2015-2016 season and the English-born defender said he is ready to enjoy a short break before getting back into it.
“A bit of time off and then more hard work,” he said.
“I’m just really happy for everyone involved at the club at the moment.”