Tommy Smith, who signed for Middlesbrough in the summer of 2022, has signed a two year contract extension that will tie him to the club until June 2025.
Smith is a dying breed – he’s a defensive full back who rarely marauds down the flanks. As such, he hasn’t scored any goals or registered any assists this season, but he adds defensive solidity to Boro’s backline.
Since Smith became a first team regular back in October, Boro have conceded just 16 goals across 19 Championship games. In comparison, before Smith worked his way into the starting eleven, Middlesbrough conceded 20 league goals in 15 games.
An adaptable player, the 30-year-old can play at right midfield and centre half – he’s featured in both positions this season, but his preferred role is at right back.
Smith started his career in various academies, including those of Tranmere Rovers and Manchester City. He made his senior debut for Huddersfield in 2013, staying with the Terriers until 2019, when he moved to Stoke City. After his contract with the Potters expired, he was snapped up on a free transfer by Boro.
On Smith signing his new deal, Boro boss Michael Carrick said: “He’s done fantastically well for us. He’s an important figure for us both on the pitch and in the dressing room.”
Middlesbrough will take on Carlos Corberan’s West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. Smith will have a vital role to play in this crucial promotion battle as Michael Carrick targets joining former club Manchester United in the Premier League.