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City farewell salute for Smith

Bristol City would like to express its sincere thanks and gratitude to Korey Smith as his time in BS3 comes to an end.

Smith, who arrived at Ashton Gate in 2014, has been instrumental in the Robins’ recent triumphs, and everyone associated with the club wishes him and his family continued success in the future.

Following the conclusion of Smith’s contract, Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “Korey is our longest serving player and deserves huge respect for all he has done for this football club on and off the field. He has provided long-lasting memories and helped us improve and strengthen throughout his service - something we are all extremely grateful for. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

A fan favourite since signing from Oldham Athletic six seasons ago, the 29-year-old has gone from strength to strength and has enhanced his leadership traits, both on and off the field, while cementing his place in the club’s history books.

In his opening campaign, Smith hit the ground running and was a key figure in City’s promotion-winning and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy double success. He was then deservedly named in the 2014/15 PFA Team of the Year.

In the seasons to follow, the Children’s Hospice South West ambassador, who has regularly worn the captain’s armband, was rewarded with two further contracts as he continued to be one of the club’s most consistent performers.

Smith will forever be a legend among supporters for his first-class attitude, effort and everything he has brought to the club.

But a clear highlight, and to this day a moment that remains at the forefront of so many memories, is his 93rd-minute goal which saw Ashton Gate erupt, as a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup was secured at the expense of Manchester United.

A true professional and role model, Smith has made 196 appearances in City colours, netting five goals. 

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