Smith started his career as a trainee at Burnley, turning professional in July 1994. He was loaned out to Oldham Athletic in September 2000. He returned to Burnley after a month and returned to their first team that December, but was released at the end of the season.
After a trial with Torquay United, <!-- playing in the Devon Professional Bowl win against Western LeagueBarnstaple Town on the 16th.--> Smith joined Hartlepool United on a free transfer in November 2001. topping the Division's assists charts (with 37) as Hartlepool reached the Division Three play-offs. He rejoined former Hartlepool manager Chris Turner as he moved to Sheffield Wednesday when his Hartlepool contract expired at the end of the 2002–03 season, after helping the club to promotion. but the knee injury which deprived him of the chance to face off against his former team in the... Read More