Cape Town - Australia
international Brad Smith has yet to make an impact at Bournemouth and
hopes for more opportunities to do so next season.
Smith, who transferred to the Cherries at the start of the 2016/17
season for an initial fee of £6m, has made only five appearances for
Eddie Howe's team.
"When you go to a new team you have to adjust [to how] that team
plays. I'm not getting as much football as I'd like," the 22-year old
"I would have played more at Bournemouth than I would at Liverpool anyway.
"It's gone alright," he continued. "Next year I think will be a big
season for me. [I need to] get some more game time, get a big chance."
When asked whether he is considering a move elsewhere, where he may be
able to play himself into contention for the Australia national team,
the left-back indicated that he still appears to be part of Howe's plans
at the South Coast club.
"For now, I'll stay at Bournemouth. I'm learning under Eddie Howe and
it's going really well besides game time. I'm improving," he said.
"We spoke about [a loan] this season and he said 'definitely not'. He
said 'you're part of the future' and he wants me to grow under him and
"We'll reassess at the start of next season. Hopefully I'll have a
good preseason after the Confeds Cup and then get a big chance ... maybe
a loan move if that's what he wants me to do.
"Either way I'll be playing and if not I'll go to the Championship and get game time there," Smith added.