Smith eyes Championship test
Bournemouth are set to miss out on a second loan deal for Adam Smith as he is keen to play in the Championship.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 23/06/11 10:12am
Highly-rated defender Adam Smith has put a huge dent in Bournemouth's hopes of bringing him back for next season, with his heart set on playing in the Championship.
The 20-year-old impressed during a season-long loan with the Cherries from Tottenham last season, helping the club qualify for the play-offs in their first season back in the third tier.
However, with his contract at Spurs set to run out this summer, a number of Championship clubs are keen to win the race for his signature.
Cherries manager Lee Bradbury has previously confirmed that they have made the highly-rated full-back a 'good offer' to bring him back to Dean Court, but Smith feels ready to test himself at the next level.
"When I went there (Bournemouth) I did well and we went on a winning streak and started to climb up the table pretty quickly," he told skysports.com.
"Obviously, we managed to finish inside the play-off places and to lose in the semi-finals was disappointing, but overall it was a very good season for the fans and the club.
"I've done League Two and League One, so I do feel that next season is the right time for me to test myself at the next level, which is the Championship.
"I think that I can play at that level and hopefully I can replicate the form that I showed for Bournemouth last year in the Championship, so I'm definitely looking at that level next season.
"There have been League One and Championship clubs showing interest and making offers for me, so I'll see what is on the table when I come back off holiday and make the decision what is best for me then.
"I'm 20 now and I feel that I've matured a bit having gone out on loan a few times and at the end of the day it is a short career in football, so I want to play as many first-team games and go as far as I can in the game.
"I feel that next season is a big one for me and this decision about staying at Spurs or moving elsewhere is an important one in that sense."