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​Bournemouth midfielder Smith dedicates goal to best mate Ryan Mason

When Bournemouth midfielder Adam Smith got a goal against Newcastle to help his side get a 2-2 draw in the Premier League, he was thinking about only one man.

Smith claims that he dedicated the goal that he scored against Newcastle to his best friend, Ryan Mason, who was recently forced to retire from football due to a head injury.

He said: "I'd like to dedicate that goal to my best friend Ryan Mason.

"We came through the ranks together and I was gutted to see he had to retire.

"It definitely puts things in perspective for me. I used to get too involved with football and now I don't. There are more important things in life.

"Football isn't everything. Family and being healthy are much more important. Everyone gets caught up in football and thinks it's the world and it's not.

"I've seen what he's gone through and how it can be taken away from you so quickly, and I've seen what his family and girlfriend have gone through.

"As soon as he retired, I had it in my mind that the next goal I scored would be for him."

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