Report: Forgotten Socceroo in line for MLS switch

Report: Forgotten Socceroo in line for MLS switch

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According to reports, AFC Bournemouth’s Australia left-back Brad Smith is set for a loan move to the MLS.

Seattle Sounders are tipped to sign Smith, 24, on a one-season loan.

Smith has made just five appearances for Bournemouth since joining the club in 2016, and that, combined with injury, saw him fall down the Socceroos pecking order after being a regular fixture at a stage.

Even in Ange Postecoglou’s twilight days in charge of the Socceroos, Smith fell away from Socceroos contention and was not selected in Bert van Marwijk’s World Cup squad, failing even to make the extended 32.

The likes of Aziz Behich and James Meredith have since assumed control of the left-back position.

Bournemouth will however be able to recall the 19-times capped Socceroo.

The most notable presence on Seattle’s books is USMNT great Clint Dempsey, while Central Coast Mariners legend John Hutchinson is head coach of the club’s reserves team.

Elsewhere, striker Jamie Maclaren completed his move to Hibernian on Friday after being touted as “very close” to joining just a day earlier by manager Neil Lennon.

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Maclaren spent the latter half of last season on loan at Easter Road from Darmstadt and established himself as a fan favourite.

He will spend the 2018-19 campaign in Edinburgh, hopeful of sealing a berth in Graham Arnold’s Asian Cup squad.

“After having the World Cup experience I want to kick on,” Maclaren told Hibs’ official website.

“This is the best club for me to be at to kick on.

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“I think having a manager like Neil Lennon who backs me and every player in the squad, that’s who you want to play for.

“And the fans have also been on at me on social media since the break, so it’s nice to be wanted and valued.”

In Maclaren’s 15 games at Hibs last season, he scored eight goals, including a hat-trick against Rangers on the final day of the season in a 5-5 draw.

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