DAVID Smith has encountered big changes both on and off the pitch last season for Dumbarton.

The 24-year-old has played right midfield for most of career to date, but early on in the season he made the transition to right-back and became a mainstay in the team.

Since moving from full-time to part-time, Smith has also started working for the football charity Street League, and he says it’s a change he has loved this year since joining the Sons.

He said: “It’s a charity that helps people get into employment. When I went part-time I volunteered for a couple of months and a job came up and I got it.

“We run wee football tournaments, help building up their CVs and applying for jobs, people aged 16-24 that are unemployed.

“It’s totally different from football but I love doing this as well as playing for Dumbarton, it’s brilliant.

“We’re playing at a good level as well so it’s the best of both worlds, it’s a good level of football but also having a good job as well.”

After having a frustrating period at Falkirk where he had limited game time, the right-back is looking to kick on and make more progress this season.

Smith played in every league game last season for Dumbarton, starting 34 out of 36 of those.

And he was more than happy to sign on for another year with Stevie Aitken’s side, and didn’t look for a deal at another club.

He added: “I spoke to the gaffer at the end of the season and I said to him I’m happy at Dumbarton, I’ve had a good season.

“I never really looked anywhere else, my main focus was to get tied up with Dumbarton. I’m enjoying playing my football again and hopefully Dumbarton kick on again this year.”

A big part of that from a personal point of view for Smith will be getting more experience under his belt at right-back.

While he has played there before during his days with Falkirk under-20s, the 24-year-old wants to try to improve his own game.

He said: “I spoke to the gaffer, and we said I’ll hopefully brush up on a couple of things and then we can kick on. It’s things like my positional sense and the more defensive side of things.”