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Aidan Smith

St Johnstone set to sign Welsh international Matt Smith from MK Dons

St Johnstone are set to complete the signing of Welsh international Matt Smith.

The 22-year-old has fallen out of favour at MK Dons and it is understood Saints are keen to bring him to Perth on a permanent deal.

Smith still has one year left on his current deal but he could depart the club this summer with Saints circling.

Smith moved to the Milton Keynes-based side 18 months ago from Manchester City, but has failed to cement a starting spot at Stadium MK.

The international scene has been more of a success for Smith and in recent times he represented his country at the World Cup in Qatar. 

In total, he has racked up 19 appearances for his country.

Despite being aged just 23, Smith has plenty of experience to his name and has racked up well over 100 senior appearances.

The majority of his club appearances were made while on loan at FC Twente and Doncaster Rovers, during which time he contributed to 14 goals and won the Dutch Second Division. He has also spent time on loan with Hull City, Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers.

Born in Redditch, Smith came through the Academy at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Manchester City at the age of 14.

He joined FC Twente in July 2018 and made 37 appearances in the Netherlands, contributing to four goals (two goals, two assists) as well as helping them lift the Dutch Second Division title.

The following season, Smith spent time on loan with, first, Queens Park Rangers and then Charlton Athletic during the curtailed 2019/20 season. 

He then moved to Doncaster Rovers at the start of last season and enjoyed success in South Yorkshire, scoring once and providing seven assists in 43 games.

Smith’s fifth career loan saw him join newly-promoted Hull City at the start of this campaign and he played 10 times in total for the Tigers, as well as adding a 14th international cap to his name as a starter in Wales’ goalless draw with Finland back in September.

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