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Smith Commits Until 2019

Inspirational midfielder Korey Smith has penned a new three-year contract at Ashton Gate.

The 25-year-old, who regularly donned the captain’s armband last season, has committed his future to the club until the summer of 2019.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson worked with Smith at Oldham Athletic and has thoroughly enjoyed being reunited with the Hatfield-born star.

Johnson said: “I think this is as big as the new signings we’ve already made.

“Korey is everything we are about; he wants the ball, he’s good on the ball and he can win it back for you as well.

“Personally I feel I’ve invested in Korey’s career. I had him at Oldham, taking him there on a free transfer from Norwich City before selling him to Bristol City. Luckily I’ve inherited him again.

“He’s a quality player and I’m delighted he’s committed his long-term future to the club.”

City signed Smith from Johnson’s Oldham in the summer of 2014 for an undisclosed fee and he instantly became a hit with supporters.

The energetic midfielder played in 54 of City’s 58 matches in the double-winning campaign of 2014/15; lifting the Sky Bet Championship title and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.

Last season Smith showed his Championship class with some superb displays in midfield to help the team secure their second-tier status for another year.

Having played through the pain barrier towards the tail end of the last campaign, Smith underwent ankle surgery in April to ensure he would be back fresh for 2016/17 – although he is set to sit out the opening day game with Wigan Athletic through suspension.