Socceroos defender Brad Smith seals MLS loan move from Bournemouth

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The Australian will call Seattle home for the rest of the season

After making just three appearances for Bournemouth last season, fringe Socceroo Brad Smith has sealed a season-long loan deal with Major League Soccer outfit Seattle Sounders.

Smith joined the Cherries from Liverpool, where he was also struggling for minutes making just 15 appearances for the club over four years.

Those lack of minutes saw Smith miss out on Socceroos selection for the 2018 World Cup after he had featured heavily in qualifying.

The 24-year-old will now be hoping to get some vital minutes under his belt in Seattle with the 2019 Asian Cup just a few months away.

Seattle currently sit eighth in the MLS Western Conference with former Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey their most notable player.

The club's general manager Garth Lagerwey of the belief Smith is a player capable of propelling the club forward.

"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," Lagerway said.

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"We believe he can help our club continue its climb up the table and into the MLS Cup Playoffs."

Smith joins fellow Australian Bernie Ibini in the MLS with the former Central Coast Mariners contracted to Vancouver Whitecaps. 

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