Stalwart Smith signs one-year extension

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Adam Smith has extended his contract at Cherries (Picture: AFC Bournemouth)
Adam Smith has extended his contract at Cherries (Picture: AFC Bournemouth)

STALWART Adam Smith has become the latest player to sign a new deal at the club, with the defender extending his contract by a further year.

The new deal will see him stay at Vitality Stadium to the end of the 2023-24 campaign, meaning Smith could surpass a decade of continuous service for Cherries, since joining permanently from Tottenham Hotspur in January 2014.

Speaking about Smith's new deal, Cherries' chief executive Neill Blake told the club's website: “We’re delighted to be keeping Adam with us for a further season and it is very encouraging to see another key player commit their future to us.

"Everyone knows how valuable he is to the club and his experience and leadership skills are second to none, so I’ve no doubt he will continue to play a key role both on and off the pitch.”

31-year-old Smith had signed a two-year deal last summer, and with a year remaining on that deal, Cherries have moved to keep their longest serving player on the south coast for at least another season.

Across two spells with the club, Smith has made 306 appearances for Cherries, including 144 games in the Premier League.

Prior to signing permanently, Smith played 42 times during the 2010-11 season whilst on loan from Spurs.

Alongside Junior Stanislas, Smith is the only other player remaining from the side that earned promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 2015, helping Cherries back into the big time last term as well.

The former Spurs man battled back from injury last year to re-establish himself as first-choice at right-back under Scott Parker.

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