Smith was one of four members of Sunderland’s Under-21 squad who were told that they had no future at the Stadium of Light.
A box-to-box midfielder Smith spent the final months of the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Carlisle United, but the League Two outfit opted against offering him a permanent contract.
But it is understood that Scottish side Kilmarnock have signed the 20-year-old on a free transfer, to a three-year contract.
July 1st 2016: “We’re under no illusions that we need to put serious hard work in, but we’ve all come from clubs where that is the norm, and we’re ready to put that in for this club.
It’s a results business, and what we want to do is get off to a winning start in the League Cup on July 16th.
I’ve come here to do well, I haven’t come here just to be in the squad or to be a bit-part player. We’ve all come here to prove something and help the club to do better than it has in recent years.
It’s down to all of us, but me as an individual too, to prove myself and show what I’m capable of, and I can’t wait to get going and show the fans what I can do.
I’m excited by the opportunity. The responsibility is on me to repay the faith that has been shown in me by the gaffer by performing on the pitch.
I’ll give one hundred percent every day for the club and the fans, because it’s a passionate club and this is a great opportunity for me.
I spoke to him (Scotland striker Steven Fletcher) and he speaks highly of when he was at Hibs and he speaks highly of the league,” Smith said. “He told me it was a great opportunity, especially for young players. We spoke about it in-depth and he didn’t have a bad word to say about it. He’s Scottish obviously so I don’t think that he would!
I do listen to him though, because he’s got a lot of experience and he knows what he’s on about. I’m looking forward to experiencing that for myself.” - Evening Times, Graeme McGarry, 1st July 2016