He is also claiming that Smith appeared and scored for Hibs U23s in a recent friendly. He apparently netted the Hibees’ only goal as the U23s fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.
Who is the young Robins player Paul Heckingbottom is seemingly looking at?
Smith and Hibs
Smith is a winger who has the capability to play on either flank, but it’s the left side he’s played out on more during his career.
Last season Smith was at Tranmere Rovers. He featured 40 times, scoring on five occasions with two assists. Interestingly enough, according to Transfermarkt, he played out on the right more times than the left last season.
The 17/18 campaign seen him take in a spell at AFC Fylde in the National League. He performed excellently for the Mill Farm side, scoring 10 and notching nine assists from 48 appearances.
21-year-old Smith signed a contract extension last summer before heading out to Tranmere. It’s set to expire in 2020, so this season is his last chance saloon if he wants to make a Bristol career for himself.
Hibs desperately need some pacey options and Smith could give them one. He’s quick and good with the ball at his feet. He proved at Fylde that he knows where the net is too, which will be a pleasing aspect of his game Heckingbottom will no doubt be aware of.
Smith seems like one for the future and it’s unlikely the Robins will want to move him on permanently just yet. A loan move gives Smith the chance to prove himself once more.
Having already featured and scored for Hibs’ youth side seemingly, it looks as if Smith may be a senior Hibee in the next coming weeks.