Junior Club: Wagga Tigers (NSW), NSW-ACT U18
Recruited from: North Ballarat (VFL)
Brownlow votes: 13
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With statistics such as first for inside 50s, third for disposals (581), third for marks (163) and fifth for rebound 50s (108), Smith’s value to the Hawks was underlined during 2015, the best of his five seasons with the club. The Hawks are at their best when Smith is off on his searching runs deep into defence and pushing forward. Overcame a knee injury in round 23 and a poor opening final to be a huge contributor over the final three weeks of the season. His partnership with Bradley Hill and, increasingly, Billy Hartung is a joy for Hawk fans to watch, particularly at the MCG.
Player honours: premiership sides 2013, 2014, 2015. Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 3; career votes 13.
Draft history: 2010 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Hawthorn) No. 19 overall.