An Australian-born left-back blessed with lightning pace, Smith's rampaging runs proved to be a feature of the U18s' play over the course of the 2010-11 season.
The young defender was spotted whilst playing for the same high school as Jack Robinson and combines solid defending with exciting forays forward, which was perhaps typified by a stunning long range effort in a 6-0 rout of Bolton.
Smith's superb form inevitably led to international recognition and he played a key role in England U17s' run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Mexico.
As a first-year scholar, he played for the 18s, last year he moved to the U21s but struggled a little with an injury.
However, he won scholar of the year at the end of last season which provided him with the opportunity to go away to South Africa with representatives from other Barclays Premier League clubs and represent the league.
Smith also went away with the first-team in the summer of 2011-12 for their North America tour. He will be aiming to stay injury free this year and feature for the U21s.