Socceroos defender Brad Smith will be a feature for the remaining MLS season after securing a loan move to the Seattle Sounders.
An official announcement came from the American club on Thursday, with the 24-year-old joining from Bournemouth – where he had spent the past two seasons in the Premier League.
Making no secret of his admiration for Smith’s skills, Seattle general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey claims that the Australian will quickly become a key member of the squad.
“Combined with his background, Brad’s significant speed and versatility on the flanks make our team immediately better for the stretch run of the season,” he told the media.
“We believe he can help our club continue its climb up the table and into the MLS Cup Playoffs.”
Sounders FC vice president of soccer and sporting director Chris Henderson echoed the sentiments and is relishing the prospect of working with Smith in what he feels could be the Penrith native’s best years.
“When we became aware of Brad’s availability through our scouting network, it was a straightforward decision to bring him into our club,” he added.
“Anytime you can add someone entering the prime of their career with the type of background Brad brings to the table, it’s only going to make your team stronger.”