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Former Brisbane Roar defender Matt Smith extends Bangkok Glass stay

Bangkok Glass have extended Matt Smith's contract after a successful first season in the TPL.

Former Australia international Matt Smith has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Thai Premier League club Bangkok Glass.

The 33-year-old had a successful first season with the Rabbits in 2015 and will captain the side for the upcoming TPL campaign.

English-born Smith won three A-League titles with Brisbane Roar before agreeing to a lucrative contract in Thailand at the end of 2014.

"I am very happy at Bangkok Glass FC because it is a club with a good environment and vision that I want to be part of," Smith told ESPN FC.

The compact central defender had attracted interest from elsewhere in Asia, adding to speculation that he might be tempted to join the growing band of Australians in the Malaysia Super League.

But Smith, who played three times for the Socceroos at the end of 2012, said he was happy to stay in Thailand with his wife Aicha and three young children.

"Once my contract expires I will see where I am from there as you never know with football," he said. Last week, Smith met with fellow Australians Andrew Nabbout, Taylor Regan and Alex Smith as Malaysian side Negeri Sembilan made a preseason tour of Thailand.

Bangkok Glass faded to finish sixth in the 2015 TPL after spending much of the season in the top three and playing in the AFC Champions League.

Smith added that he was expecting an improved campaign this year.

"Hopefully we will win one trophy at least," he said. "We will be title contenders this season because we've learnt a lot from last year."

The 2016 Thai Premier League season will begin on Feb. 27.


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