Central midfielder Korey Smith signed a two-year contract with Derby County in July 2022 following his release from Swansea City.
Smith’s playing career began at Norwich City and, after coming through their youth set-up, he penned professional terms.
His senior debut in the Canaries’ first team came towards the end of the 2008/09 campaign, but he made a big impact in the following season, making 40 appearances, as City won the League One title.
Smith was also a regular, with 30 appearances, as City won back-to-back promotions to the Premier League in the 2010/11 season.
As City stepped up to the top tier, Smith’s first-team opportunities became limited in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns and he had loan spells at Barnsley in the Championship and League One duo Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic.
Smith joined Oldham permanently in the summer of 2013 and was installed as their captain, playing 51 times in all competitions.
He was on the move again a year later, this time joining Bristol City, and his debut campaign at Ashton Gate in 2014/15 saw him play an instrumental role in their League One title and EFL Trophy successes. His performances on the pitch also saw him rewarded with a place in the League One Team of the Season by his peers.
Smith went on to play 196 times for City over the course of six seasons, wearing the captain’s armband and becoming a fan favourite in the process, as they firmly established themselves back in the Championship, as well as reaching the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals in 2017/18, before leaving at the end of his contract in the summer of 2020.
His next port of call was Swansea City, where he penned a two-year deal. He went on to play 77 times across two seasons for the Swans and was a key member of the squad as City reached the 2021 Championship Play-Off Final.
He left the Liberty Stadium following the conclusion of his contract and put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Derby ahead of the 2022/23 Sky Bet League One campaign.
Smith, 32, showed his experience from the off and soon became a vital cog in the wheel of a new look Rams squad.
The midfielder was able to show his versatility for large chunks of the season as injuries to the defence saw him play more than 20 games at right-back.
He made 48 appearances in all competitions but went into the 2023/24 campaign still in search of his first goal for the Rams.
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