Smith's living a dream with the Swans
Former Swansea City youngster Jordan Smith admits he is living a dream at the Liberty after joining Paul Clement’s backroom staff.
Local lad Smith is a talented midfielder who landed a professional deal at the Swans while Brendan Rodgers was in charge.
But having been released by the club in 2012, the former Pentrehafod School pupil set about building a career in sports science.
Just five years later, he is the Swans’ physical performance coach.
Smith spent seven years in the youth set-up at Cardiff City having been spotted when playing under-9s football, but switched to the Swans at the age of 16.
Having seen his hopes of playing for the club at senior level dashed, the 24-year-old is loving life on the backroom staff.
“I am a Swans fan,” said Smith, who returned with the squad this morning following the Swans' ten-day tour in America.
“I would watch them play down at the Vetch as a kid, even though I was playing for Cardiff at the time.
“I would go down with my parents or grandparents.
“To be working with the first team now is a dream job for me.”
Smith has been promoted this summer having spent last season working in the Swans academy, primarily with the club’s hugely successful under-23 side.
After leaving the Swans as a player, he did a sports science degree at Swansea University and spent two years as an intern with his old club.
Smith, who is currently doing a Masters, then landed the academy role before the chance to step up to the first team arrived this summer.
“I got a call from (head of physical performance) Karl Halabi in the off season saying he wanted me to come and join his team,” Smith said.
“I was thrilled and I was humbled. Straightaway I was just really excited to get going.”