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Socceroo Smith completes Bournemouth move

  • Socceroo Smith completes Bournemouth move

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Brad Smith of Australia and Giannis Gianniotas of Greece compete for the ball during the international friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at ANZ Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Socceroos left-back Brad Smith has finalised his move from Liverpool to EPL rivals Bournemouth in a deal worth $10.5million.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Penrith, but grew up in Ballina, Northern NSW, joined Liverpool's academy as a teenager but found first team chances limited at Anfield, where he made less than 10 appearances since debuting against Chelsea as a 19-year-old in December 2013.

Smith becomes Bournemouth's sixth summer signing and joins up with former teammate Jordon Ibe who signed for the Cherries earlier this month.

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"I am delighted to confirm that we have completed a deal to bring Brad to the football club," said Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club's official website.

"Brad broke through at Anfield last season and impressed whenever he was called upon.

"He is another excellent young player that we believe can progress under Eddie and Jason's guidance, but he also brings with him experience of playing at the highest level in both the Premier League and on the international stage with the Socceroos.

"It is an exciting time for us as we bring yet another promising prospect into our progressive squad."

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