Smith: I’ll improve my kicking this year

Matty Smith in goal-kicking action
Matty Smith in goal-kicking action

MATTY Smith is hoping his hard work pays off – as he aims to convert even more of his kicks this year.

The half-back hit 122 goals in all competitions last season – more than any other Super League player – but was criticised by some fans for the conversions he missed.

Smith himself admits he has “a lot of improving to do” – but says he is clocking up the hours in training to be even better this year.

Smith said: “I enjoyed it last year. The goal-kicking was new to me, and it’s something I’ve got to keep working on and keep practicing.

“I know I’ve got a lot of improving to do, as long as I keep putting in the practise I’m sure I’ll get better. I feel myself improving a lot.”

Smith says he will happily step aside if another player is striking the goals with more accuracy.

Winger Josh Charnley, fringe utility back Ryan Hampshire and George Williams can all goal-kick.

“If there’s someone better than me, I’ll do what’s best for the team,” he said.