Korey Smith relishing first play-off tilt

11th May 2021
First team
Derby home Korey Smith

Korey Smith is relishing his first taste of the play-offs, hoping he can follow in the footsteps of two former team-mates and help Swansea City reach the Premier League.

Smith has enjoyed a fine first season in Swans colours, having joined the club after six years at Bristol City last August.

The 30-year-old midfielder has experienced promotion with Norwich (twice) and Bristol City, but none of those came via the play-offs.

So, the upcoming semi-final legs against Barnsley – one of his former clubs – will be Smith’s first chance to sample them.

And, having seen former Robins team-mates Joe Bryan and Bobby Decordova-Reid celebrate Wembley success with Fulham last summer, he is keen to do the same.

Korey Smith

“I’ve had three promotions, and they’ve all been automatic, so I’ve never experienced the play-offs,” said Smith.

“I’m really looking forward to it. The boys experienced it last season, and that will hold us in good stead.

“We’ve got a more experienced team as a result this season, so hopefully that helps us.

“It’s been a long season, but a positive one. We are going into the play-offs full of positivity, and when you get there it’s all about winning.

“Last year, two of my good friends at Fulham – Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid – were playing in the final.

Joe actually scored the two goals.

“I've said to them, I’d love that feeling. They said it was the best feeling they’d ever had.”