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Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith aims to take big steps with Yeovil Town

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

Korey Smith has high hopes for his loan spell with Yeovil Town

Korey Smith has high hopes for his loan spell with Yeovil Town

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Korey Smith hopes three months at Yeovil Town will be the first steps on the road to realising Premier League potential.

Just three seasons ago the attack-minded midfielder was a regular in npower League One for Norwich City.

However, injury, the Canaries' climb to the top flight and a change in manager have seen chances limited at Carrow Road.

Smith - who has almost 60 Norwich first team appearances to his name - spent time on loan at Championship outfit Barnsley and agreed a similar deal with the Glovers ahead of Saturday's defeat at MK Dons.

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The 21-year-old will be part of the Glovers' squad at Leyton Orient tonight and said he was focused on forcing his way into contention for both Yeovil and ultimately his parent club.

"I had a very good couple of seasons at Norwich, had two promotions, played a lot of games, but picked up an injury and at the end of last season went out on loan," said Smith.

"They have brought in a lot of new players and there is a new manager but I am still young so I have come to a place like Yeovil - a good club - to help learn my trade and hopefully one day I will be back up there.

"It is the early stages of the season, teams have full squads right now. I enjoyed my time at Barnsley but I am young, I don't mind dropping to League One and I don't mind what league it is as long as I am playing football.

"Hopefully one day when I have learnt my profession I will be playing at the top level."

Smith added the similarities between Yeovil's and Norwich's approach made the switch to Somerset easy to make - even if it did come out of the blue.

The Hatfield-born player said: "Yeovil try to pass the ball and it is like Norwich where sometimes you can't always pass the ball, you have to play a longer ball.

"I have played more than 40-50 times in this division, I know the division and hopefully I can bring something to the team even though I am young."

On his swift switch and substitute debut at stadium:MK, Smith said: "I got a phone call on Friday night and literally got asked to come down on Saturday. I jumped in the car and came straight down.

"I have played Yeovil a couple of times when Norwich were in League One and beaten them quite a lot but they were good games and I knew they have doing really well this season.

"Even though they lost on Saturday I thought we had a good team and a good chance. There is a lot of potential and young lads like me, which is good because I think I can relate to them.

"Obviously we have got a lot to learn but I think it is a good place to do so and hopefully we can build a strong team together.

"The manager just said to just enjoy it and try and help the team stay up there. They have been doing well, unfortunately lost the last couple but hopefully we can get back on track.

"I try to work hard and give the best I can. They have obviously got a winning formula and hopefully I can just help the team and get more results."

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