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​Exclusive: Smith ready for Bournemouth talks as Seattle reach MLS Cup

Brad Smith admits there will be a "few decisions to make" on his future after his Seattle Sounders side advanced to the MLS Western Conference Finals.

Seattle have given the Bournemouth loanee a new lease on life after three torturous years that saw him go from rising star to hovering in football purgatory.

After making his Liverpool debut at 19, Smith fell out of favour when Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield and was subsequently sold to the Cherries in 2016.

What was supposed to be a fresh start for the energetic left-back quickly turned into a nightmare as Eddie Howe preferred to start the tried and tested Charlie Daniels.

Then came the call from Seattle, which Smith admits took him by surprise, but it is one he is thankful for given it has led to his recall to the Socceroos set-up after being left out of the last year's World Cup squad.

Speaking to Tribalfootball after the 3-1 win over LAFC on Tuesday night, Smith said: "I mean it's huge for me personally because of my career, especially with not getting regular game time which has been a problem for me with the Socceroos as well, which is something that I love and I'm very proud to play for my country.

"So for me to get regular time at such a great team and to go to my first final, and when we win, it's going to be my first title on my CV so that's amazing for me."

Smith represents a new wave of foreigners deciding to join MLS in their prime rather than the twilight of their careers such as David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.

And despite some scepticism surrounding the move, Smith insists the competition is going from strength to strength.

"Yeah definitely," continued Smith when asked if the experience in America has been valuable for him.

"It was a bit of a strange one when I first heard the notice but it was such a big club and it (the MLS) is a lot better than you think, there's some great players here and it's only growing and we're into the final, we're the best in our conference so it's huge for us and huge for me and it's special for this club who have had a history of doing so well in these competitions."

With his loan expiring soon, Smith was asked if he had heard from Bournemouth about their plans for his future, to which he replied: "No. Nothing yet. I'm just enjoying my time here, playing. It's going well.

"So I'm sure after this season we'll sit down and speak with Bournemouth, my agents, Seattle, there's going to be a few decisions to make there. So we'll have to sit down and speak about it."

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