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Smith: It's an exciting time

Matt Smith met with the media and discussed the 2022/2023 pre-season…

14 July 2022

The Welsh international has had a successful summer, but he now looks ahead to the upcoming campaign.

Smith admitted that he ‘didn’t play as much as he would’ve liked last season’ but he accepted that ‘the lads were unbelievable’ and he is ‘looking forward to the new season.’
 
The midfielder appeared a total of four times last season, but soon after the conclusion of the 2021/2022 campaign. Smith, travelled with the Welsh national team, who achieved qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup competition.
 
When questioned about his summer experience and how it may benefit the player going forward, Smith said: “It has been a successful summer for me so far and I’m trying to take that into pre-season.
 
“It’s an honour every time I represent my country, I would rather play for them than be on holiday, although my fiancé won’t be too happy about that. It helps my development, which the Welsh management are keen on.”
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The Dons’ midfielder appeared three times for his country over the summer, he now wants to ‘keep pushing’ as the opening day for the new season nears.
 
When questioned about pre-season and the upcoming campaign, Smith had this to say:
 
“There are a lot of changes from last season, but the atmosphere has stayed the same. We're all together, and we're an ambitious group. Ireland was a great experience for us to spend time with the new lads on and off the pitch. we’ve had even more arrivals since then, but the core of the group has made everyone feel welcome.
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“Pre-season has been tough, but that’s expected. The pre-season friendlies are starting, and we play at an intense level, but it’s really enjoyable. It’s an exciting time.
 
“It’s tough to arrive at a team that’s doing so well in January, but I understood that I needed to keep pushing. Pre-season is a fresh start for everyone, I’d love to get a run in the team because I feel like I can develop on both ends of the pitch, and I want to help the team in the new season.”


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