Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith has hailed the 'brilliant' support he received after being knocked out in last Saturday's defeat to derby rivals Leeds United.The 22-year-old right-back received eight minutes of treatment on the pitch by medical staff after colliding with goalkeeper Joe Murphy in the closing stages of the Terriers' 2-1 loss and was later airlifted to Leeds General Hospital after lapsing in and out of consciousness.
Smith was back at Huddersfield's training ground on Monday morning having been given the all-clear and released from hospital on Sunday.
"I didn't expect the whole thing to get the attention it has, but the support I've been getting off everyone has been really brilliant,” he said in an interview.
"My mum and dad and my girlfriend said the club were just first-class with how they handled it all on Saturday. They were brilliant and I have to thank them for that.
"Everything that went on was done in the right manner and I'm very appreciative of that.
"As I've said with regard to the messages, I've truly been taken aback by it all and I'm really grateful to the fans for all the support they have shown me."
Smith was also grateful to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which has benefited in recent years from Huddersfield's extensive charity work.
"I obviously knew of the air ambulance before Saturday because of the club's work, but for me to actually have to use it - it makes you realise what a fantastic service it is to have.”