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Tyler Smith: The Story So Far

27 August 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ ninth summer signing, Tyler Smith…

 

Rising through the ranks of hometown club Sheffield United, the forward was loaned to then-National League side Barrow for first-team football in July 2018, aged 19.

He immediately found his goalscoring touch, taking just 56 minutes to get off the mark as the Bluebirds breezed to a 3-0 opening-day victory over Havant & Waterlooville.

Smith continued to find the net with regularity - his quick-fire brace against Chesterfield in his fourth fixture inspiring a dramatic 3-2 win from 2-1 down.

Scoring seven more times, including the winner against Maidstone on his Bluebirds swansong, he posted a return of 10 goals in 23 league matches during his six-month stay at Holker Street.

The young striker’s exploits in Cumbria saw him climb two divisions for his next loan spell, linking up with Grant McCann’s Doncaster in January 2019.

His impact was instant – and even more impressive than at Barrow – with Smith coming on at half-time to score a second-half brace in a 2-2 debut draw with Burton.

Twelve of his 14 Rovers appearances came from the bench, as Smith started to get accustomed to a higher level, and he gained further third-tier experience in 2019/20.

Loaned to Bristol Rovers, there was no debut goal this time but he did notch twice in his second outing – a 3-0 EFL Cup win over Cheltenham.

He opened his Pirates league account with a penalty in a 2-0 win over Tranmere and scored the opening goals in a 1-1 draw against Gillingham and impressive 2-1 victory at Ipswich.

January 2020 saw him swap Rovers for Rochdale, where he again hit the ground running, plundering an 88th-minute winner against Shrewsbury on his third loan appearance.

Smith only played one more match for Dale as the Covid-19 pandemic brought football to a standstill – but he was back in League One the following season, this time with Swindon.

Once again, it didn’t take him long to settle, scoring on his second and third appearances, against West Brom Under-21s and former club Rochdale respectively, as well as a brace against Exeter.

Despite Town’s struggles, Smith ended the season with 10 goals in 26 matches in all competitions – seven of those strikes coming in the league.

Having made all of his professional appearances while out on loan, he finally featured for his boyhood side in this season’s 1-0 EFL Cup triumph against Carlisle.

His first appearance for the Blades also proved to be his last – and was Smith’s 96th game in total during a career that has seen him score 29 goals.


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