Smith: We want top three

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Updated: March 5, 2016
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Thai Goals is delighted to announce Bangkok Glass captain and former Australia international Matt Smith will be writing a fortnightly blog for us throughout the season. His team’s opening game is at home tomorrow night (Sunday, March 6) against Osotspa FC.

We are hoping for top two or three this season. We have got to aim high and more importantly perform better than last season. We have to strive to always be better. Last season after the first leg of the season we were equal top and doing exceptionally well, but in the second half of the campaign we just couldn’t sustain our competitiveness.

I believe that we weren’t strong enough mentally. I can’t tell you why that was, but that’s what happened. Our home record was great but our away record was the reason we ended up 6th. I think that this will improve us this season; the experience of last year will put us in a better position for this year. Therefore, I’m optimistic for this season that we’ll be stronger. We have a great squad with plenty of depth and players fighting for positions all over the pitch, which in my opinion is healthy.

I genuinely feel here at Bangkok Glass FC we are one of the best clubs in the country. The league table last year doesn’t lie, so we have some work to do collectively to become the best team. We aspire to be a great team, and everything is done ethically and morally. The club is run extremely professionally and is comparable to any club in any league in Asia. We as players have got great resources: sports science, three full-time masseurs, three full-time physios, gym, leisure room, restaurant. We took two mid-season breaks to Japan last year for training camps. Work here at this club is ongoing and there is always stuff going on with the brand. There is massive potential. It’s why I want to be a part of it going forward, and the reason I recently signed a new three-year contract.

We’ve signed some good new Thai Players and one new foreign player. I think we have got a very good player in Ariel Rodriguez (from Saprissa in Costa Rica). He finished top scorer in the Costa Rican top division last year, so he’s come from having good success. The most important thing is he is very hungry. Players can be good technically, tactically, physically, but if they don’t fit into the culture of a club, it’s not going to work. But Ariel wants to work and wants to lead, and he wants to be a part of what we are building here. He’s come for the challenge and I think he shares our vision for the club.

We’ve had a good pre-season, I actually think the delayed start to the season has helped us be better prepared and we’ve had a good mixture of competitive games, which is important.

Aside from our own chances, I’m also looking forward to a very competitive league this season. We know the top six or so teams will be very competitive. There are some very, very good players in those teams, who could make it in many of the top leagues in Asia.

It’s no secret that there is variable quality in the depth of the league. The mix of foreign and Thai players give the league some exciting teams and I’m looking forward to seeing the opening rounds and what each team produce.

Plying my trade here in the Thai League for over a year now I have seen the quality across the league. Of course, the top teams in particular have some superb players and team units. I, for one, want all the Thai teams to do well in the Asian Champions League as they represent not just themselves but the whole of Thailand. I want to wish Buriram all the best for the remainder of their campaign, there’s plenty of minutes and points to be played for so will watch with a keen interest their remaining games.

Aside from my football life, myself and my family are very settled here in Bangkok. My kids go to a fantastic international school and we love the lifestyle we have here. There are fantastic places to see and things to do; in a big capital city there is always a buzz around.

Tomorrow night is the opening fixture for BGFC and I’m looking forward to seeing our great fans come and support the club!

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