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Smith: Chance To Progress

4 March 2016

Youngster Discusses Pool Move

New Blackpool signing Liam Smith believes his loan move to the seaside will provide a key part of his development, after joining from Newcastle United this week.

The move is Smith’s first away from St James’ Park and will see him remain with The Seasiders until the end of the season.

Known when coming through the United system as a ball-playing midfielder, Smith is now eager for his first step into the professional game.

“Sometimes Under-21s football can be fake in the sense that it’s not how you’d experience it in the Premier League, Championship, League One so it should be a good experience," he explained.

“If you want to progress in your career you need to push on, play men’s football and experience the real world.

“I needed a change of scenery. I’ve been at Newcastle since I was six so needed to get out and experience things because everywhere isn’t going to be like Newcastle.”

Neil McDonald watched Smith play 65 minutes for Newcastle’s Under-21 side on Wednesday and didn’t hesitate when bringing him back to Bloomfield Road with him.  

“The Gaffer came and watched me in December and liked what he saw. Unfortunately, I got injured and I didn’t find out until I was back, then when I was back fit he came up.

“Everyone’s been really nice and welcomed us, I just can’t wait to go on Saturday,” he added.

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