Korey Smith relishing new chapter at Swansea City
Korey Smith says he is relishing a new challenge at Swansea City after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Smith, 29, becomes the Swans first signing ahead of the 2020-21 season, making the move after the end of a six-year spell with Bristol City.
The former Norwich, Barnsley, Yeovil and Oldham midfielder brings a wealth of experience to Steve Cooper’s squad, having made more than 170 Championship appearances.
His leadership qualities are also shown by his time as captain at Bristol City, and in the Norwich youth set-up.
And Smith cannot wait to get down to work with his new club.
“I am delighted to be here,” said Smith.
“From the moment the club knew I was available the manager was on the phone to me, he showed me the project and was really keen to get me through the door.
“He told me all about the place, the fans and the stadium. I am really excited to get going.
“The club showed how much they wanted me, there was no messing around.
“I’m already looking forward to getting back down to work, as I’m sure the rest of the boys are. They’ll be chomping at the bit to try and take the next step after getting to the play-offs last season.
“I want to be part of that. The main thing for me is I will always give 100 per cent, I will always leave everything out on the pitch.
“I was at Bristol City a long time and have some great memories with some amazing people, but it is time to move on to a new chapter.
“I just hope I can make history here. Like I say, it’s the start of a new chapter and I am looking forward to doing that in a Swansea City shirt.”
Smith availability made him a target for a number of clubs, but he revealed his conversations with head coach Steve Cooper ensured it quickly became clear where his future lay.
He was also left impressed when he played against Swansea last month at the Liberty, in what proved to be his final Bristol City appearance.
“I got a really positive feeling from speaking to him (Cooper),” said Smith.
“I know the boys had a great season, although they just missed out in the semi-finals.
“I also played against them, and everyone knows how Swansea want to play the game.
“They play nice, attractive football and the head coach feels I can bring something different to the team.
“I feel like I can bring experience and maybe help some of the younger players. I am a very positive guy, I like to keep people’s spirits high.
“That’s what I am all about and I want to keep doing well and keep moving forward.”
Smith played with a couple of former Swans during his time at Bristol City, with striker Tammy Abraham spending a season on loan at Ashton Gate, while Williams joined the Robins last season.
And Smith admits the pair had nothing but good things to say when he asked them about Swansea, as a club and a city.
“I spoke to Ash at Bristol, he had an amazing time here and he had nothing but good things to say, and Tammy was the same,” said Smith.
“They all said it was a lovely place to live, a brilliant club with a great stadium and fanbase.
“Obviously everyone around Swansea supports the club so it’s a great place to be.
“I also have friends down here so hopefully that will help me settle in. I can’t wait to get going.”