Smith - I’ve not signed for anyone ... yet

Matty Smith
Matty Smith

MATTY Smith has turned one of the season’s biggest transfer sagas on its head.

The in-demand former Saints ace is wanted by a number of clubs, including his old team St Helens and Wigan.

It was thought Smith had signed for Wigan, with his Salford coach Phil Veivers saying he was “dead certain” Smith had signed for Wigan.

But the player himself has very different ideas, insisting he is yet to decide where he will play next season.

“If that’s what Phil said it must be true,” 25-year-old Smith said. “No, I’ve yet to sign anywhere. Until I actually do that, with whichever club it’s going to be, I can’t really say.”

He added: “I’ll leave that with the club who I’m going to be at next year, I’ll let them do that [the announcement].”

Smith spent the early part of his career with St Helens as understudy to Sean Long before moving to Widnes and then Salford.

And he credits his upturn in form to the guiding hand of his former teammate Long, who is now assistant coach with the Reds.

“What’s been big for me is the coaching staff and Phil Veivers and Sean Long coming into our squad this year where they’ve kind of given me a free role,” he added.

“Those two have given me that opportunity to do that and I think it’s got the best out of me this year, but I still think there is better to come.

“I’m still learning the game off Sean and off Phil so hopefully we can have a good last ten games now.”