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Rookie Draft: Josh Smith

November 27, 2015 11:57 AM

Josh Smith joins Collingwood after a fine career with Redland in the NEAFL.

Josh Smith joins Collingwood after a fine career with Redland in the NEAFL.

Queenslander Josh Smith will now call Collingwood home after he was secured with the club's second overall selection in the 2015 Rookie Draft.

Name: Josh Smith
Recruited from: Redland (NEAFL)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 78kg
Age: 21
Position: Midfield
Previous Clubs: Morningside/ Queensland TAC Cup

Profile: Smith, 21, played 18 games for Redland in the NEAFL this year. He averaged 28.7 disposals, 5.0 clearances, 4.9 tacklesand 5.7 inside 50s per game. He also represented the NEAFL against Tasmania, collecting 23 disposals and six tackles. He has been on the draft radar for several years, representing Queensland in the National Under 18 Championships as far back as 2011. He becomes the third Redland product at Collingwood, joining Adam Oxley and Josh Thomas on the 2016 list.

Derek Hine says: He has been in a really consistent vein of form for a couple of years now. He is a mature aged boy, he’s an elite endurance runner, was in the NEAFL Team of the Year, is a manic trainer, was the Redland best-and-fairest this year and is a quality young man. If you’re looking for the profile of that rookie athlete who will come in and leave no stone unturned, he ticks all of those boxes. It was really evident to us early on when we spoke to Josh that he will be a boy that will come in and really enhance our program with his professionalism and the way he goes about it. We’re really excited about giving him the opportunity because we know when Josh comes into the system that he will give it everything that he has got and that’s what the Rookie Draft is there for.