Grant Gordon Smith (born 5 May 1980 in Irvine) is a Scottish footballer midfielder. He is the son of former Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion striker and former Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith.
Smith signed a short-term contract with Dundee United in September 2006, agreeing to stay until the next transfer window in January 2007. Smith also played for English sides Bristol City and Walsall (on loan).
Smith then signed one-year contract with Finnish club HJK Helsinki in April 2007.
Smith returned to Britain in January 2008 and joined Carlisle United on a short-term contract until the end of the season, after training with the club’s squad. On 8 April 2009 Grant Smith was released from Carlisle United by mutual consent after not making a single first team appearance under new boss Greg Abbott who later denied any fall out with Smith even though impressing in reserve games out of position.
He went to Singapore for trials with some of the local S-League teams for the 2010 season. He was brought to Singapore by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) as part of their centralised scouting system of foreign players for S-League clubs
On 18 December 2009, he signed a short term injury replacement deal with North Queensland Fury in the A-League linking up with Fury manager Ian Ferguson and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.In February 2010, Smith returned to Scotland to sign for Ross County. After joining Scottish 2nd Division club Airdrie United in January 2011, he was released by them a few months later in May.
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The following report is from the BBC sport.
Ross County is Smith’s next stop
Ross County have signed Grant Smith until the end of the season.
The versatile 29-year-old can play in defence or midfield and arrives following a spell with North Queensland Fury in Australia’s A League.
The son of Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon, Smith has a long list of former clubs, including Dundee United and Carlisle.
His longest stint at any club came with Swindon over a two-year period after a spell with Sheffield United.
“We’ve got a hectic time ahead of us with four league games to be rescheduled and the club’s first ever Scottish Cup quarter-final to prepare for, meaning we face the prospect of up to eight games in four weeks,” said manager Derek Adams.
“As everyone knows we’re working with a limited budget and a small squad which that sort of fixture pressure will really test, so I’m delighted we’ve managed to bring Grant in to strengthen the squad.
“He’s a very experienced player who is comfortable in a number of positions and adds something different to the squad we already have in place, which is exactly what we need.”