Factfile: Martin Smith

Factfile: Martin Smith

Martin Smith will join South Shields on July 1st, after his contract with Hartlepool United expires.

As he prepares to join the Mariners’ ranks for the 2022-23 season, we take a closer look at the 26-year-old midfielder.

  • Martin Smith was born on October 2nd, 1995 in Sunderland
  • He joined Sunderland AFC’s Academy as a six-year-old and remained with the Black Cats until 2016, although he missed out on a senior appearance
  • Smith gained first-team experience in the latter stages of his time with Sunderland with short loan spells at Gateshead and Carlisle United
  • He signed for Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock in 2016 and made 10 top-flight appearances in his time north of the border
  • The midfielder was then lured by another top division club, Northern Ireland’s Coleraine, where he played between 2017 and 2018
  • Smith won the Irish Cup during his year with Coleraine, coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 victory over Cliftonville in the final
  • Coleraine were also runners-up in the NIFL Premiership in Smith’s time at the club, securing a place in the Europa League
  • Smith earned a switch to English League Two side Swindon Town in 2018 after a successful trial period
  • Another trial led to a two-year stay with Salford City between 2019 and 2021, as Smith continued to build his experience in the Football League
  • Smith had a loan spell at Chorley in the National League during his time at Salford, and he spent the second half of the 2020-21 season with Chesterfield
  • Another move to the Football League was secured by Smith in the summer of 2021 as he returned to the North East with Hartlepool
  • After making 15 appearances for Pools in 2021-22, it was announced Smith’s contract would not be renewed and he now joins South Shields as he begins a new challenge