Player Profile 6: Nathan Smith,I.T. Worker to Ipswich Target
By Alex O'Loughlin
November 30 2010
This week sees Nathan Smith become the sixth player to be profiled by Glover Lover, highlighting the successful rise in the full-backs career.
As a teenager Smith played for Essex outfit Enfield in the Isthmian League Division One North, who at the time were plagued by financial issues, owing hundreds of thousands of pounds to HM Revenue and Customs.
Despite the off-field problems Smith played twenty two times for Enfield, starting his career as a part-time footballer.
The start of the 2007-08 season saw the left-back move to Waltham Forest, where he enjoyed a brief but successful spell, scoring twice in just nine appearances.
His impressive spell at Waltham attracted the attention of Isthmian League side Potters Bar Town, then managed by ex-Yeovil player Steve Browne.
Smith went on to play fifteen times for Potters Bar, before Browne used his links with Yeovil Town to recommend four of his players to the Glovers, including Nathan Smith who at the time juggled his football career with his full-time job in I.T.
After a trial period with the Green and Whites the 23-year-old agreed non-contract terms at Huish Park, enabling him to make his debut on the 24th of March 2008 coming on as a second half substitute away to Hartlepool United.
The following week saw Smith make his full debut at Huish Park against local rivals Bristol Rovers, impressing with his speed and lung bursting runs down the left wing.
The defender went on to start in every league game until the end of the season, along the way signing a two-year contract and leaving his job in I.T.
His first senior goal came in December of 2008, a breathtaking strike from thirty yards in a 4-2 home defeat to Stockport County.
Smith was linked with moves away from Yeovil in the 2009-10 off season, but the rumours failed to materialise with the left-back remaining in Somerset.
Injury meant Smith couldn't start the beginning of the 2009-10 season, but after recovering from injury the full-back recovered to regain his place in the side and go on to make a further thirty four appearances.
Speculation in the summer looked more ominous, with Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Reading all being heavily linked with the defender. In fact, Sky Sports seemed certain that Smith would move on from Huish Park in search of a higher level of football.
His meteoric rise from computer analyst to professional footballer had impressed many, but despite the attractions of Championship football Smith extended his stay with the Glovers signing a new contract.
Each season the full-back seems to improve further, something which will both please and worry Yeovil supporters who will face a constant battle to retain the defender when transfer windows open in January and in the summer months.
Nathan has played just short of a hundred times for the Glovers, and will be hoping to add to his appearance tally, so far playing fifteen times this season.
Aged just twenty three, the Newcastle born defender has a long and fruitful career ahead of him, something that Yeovil Town deserve a lot of credit for, providing Nathan Smith with the foundations to progress in his footballing career.