Hard running midfielder Josh Smith played 32 games in three seasons with Collingwood before joining West Coast as a rookie.
Originally from Toowoomba, west of Brisbane deep in the heart of rugby territory, Smith was a mature-age draftee when he was plucked from NEAFL club Redland in the 2016 rookie draft. He debuted for the Magpies on Anzac Day and held his spot for the rest of the season, finishing with 18 games.
Smith added 13 senior games in 2017, but managed just one more as his 2018 was wrecked by hamstring issues, and was delisted at the end of the year.
West Coast careerEdit
The former Pie was thrown a lifeline by West Coast in the rookie draft, and made an instant impression at his new club when he won the squad's pre-season time-trials in December and January. He was called up to make his West Coast debut early in the season, and made one other senior appearance. Smith showed good form with the Eagles' reserves side before suffering a hamstring injury late in the season, returning for the WAFL finals. He was not offered a new contract at the end of 2019.
- ↑ Terry Mallinder, Stanthorpe Border Post (14 May 2016), "Josh Smith living AFL dream, despite Magpie woes": https://www.stanthorpeborderpost.com.au/news/josh-smith-living-afl-dream-despite-magpie-woes/3026114/
- ↑ Mark Duffield, The West Australian (29 November 2018), "Magpies de-listing surprised new West Coast Eagles defender Josh Smith": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/magpies-de-listing-surprised-new-west-coast-eagles-defender-josh-smith-ng-b881035159z
- ↑ Craig O'Donohue, The West Australian (10 January 2019), "West Coast Eagles flag hero Dom Sheed must stay hungry to keep spot in team": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-flag-hero-dom-sheed-must-stay-hungry-to-keep-spot-in-team-ng-b881069659z