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BOSS HAS HELPED ME IMPROVE - SMITH

12 May 2015

Midfielder believes he's become a better player under John Still

Jonathan Smith is hoping he can continue the strides he has made under John Still after penning a new three-year contract with the Club last week.

The 28-year-old was signed by Paul Buckle in October 2012 but has become an integral part of the Town team since Still arrived at Kenilworth Road.

And the midfielder believes his game has improved for the better since the former Dagenham & Redbridge boss took charge of the Hatters.

“I try and improve every year but my mentality under John Still has really helped,” Smith told Hatters Player. “The manager has handled me really well, and I think my all-round play has got better.

“I think my passing’s improved, although I think it can also get better, but I think my knowledge of the game has improved, too.

“The manager is very good with the players, and the team; he’s a very good man-manager. He knows how to handle players and knows how to get the best out of the team. 

“You know with John Still when you go out there that you know your job, you don’t go out on the pitch thinking ‘what’s my job?’. You know you have to produce and I like that about him and I have a lot of respect for him.”

Smith, who has now played 100 matches for the Hatters since joining from York, admitted that it was always his intention to stay at Kenilworth Road following the expiry of his previous contract.

“I wasn’t get an agent banding my name around asking ‘can I come here, can I go there’ like some out-of-contract players,” Smith says. “I wanted to be here, I wanted to get a deal sorted with Luton Town because I’m dedicated to this club and I felt wanted.

“I’d like to thank Gary Sweet for showing faith in me and saying how important he thinks I am to this club.”

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