16 Josh Smith

Height
195cm
Weight
95kg
Current Team
Gippsland Power, Vic Country
Birthday
May 20, 2001

A big-bodied forward/ruck, Smith is undersized for a ruck at AFL level so will likely end up predominantly as a forward, who can pinch-hit in the ruck. Smith’s best traits are his contested marking and physicality, regularly booting goals and providing a presence inside 50. When he is not clunking marks, he is bringing the ball to ground, but has a lot of athletic areas to work on going forward. In recent times bigger-bodied athletes who do not have the athleticism have not been in vogue to be drafted unless they are a starting ruck, but Smith has more smarts than a lot and it shows in the way he impacts a contest. It is also worth noting Smith has cut back 5kg since the start of the year to be as fit as possible by years-end. He is never going to run a sub-three second 20m sprint, but he offers a contest and consistently hits the scoreboard with a strong presence in the air and at ground level.

STRENGTHS: Physicality, contested marking, scoreboard impact, versatility
IMPROVEMENTS: Endurance, athleticism

DRAFT CENTRAL’S INTERVIEW WITH JOSH SMITH AT THE 2019 STATE DRAFT COMBINE:

NAB League Boys

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2018Gippsland Power10249151558074461441650320185.72.78.43.18.02.61.155
2019Gippsland Power8844132438051461293130414136.83.410.23.39.93.51.165
Total-1909328398160125922734780734316.13.09.13.28.83.01.1120

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2019Vic Country298371616211338581547.32.09.34.09.53.31.363
Total-298371616211338581547.32.09.34.09.53.31.363

Results

(Preliminary Finals)
Ikon Park

Ikon Park

(Qualifying Final)
Ikon Park

(Round 17)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 15)
Shepley Oval

(Round 14)
Box Hill City Oval

(Round 5)
Marvel Stadium

(Round 4)
GMHBA Stadium

(Round 1)
UTAS Stadium (Launceston)

(Round 2)
Melbourne Cricket Ground

(Round 8)
Windy Hill

(Round 7)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 6)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 5)
Blacktown International Sportspark

(Round 3)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 2)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 1)
Rams Arena

(Preliminary Final)
Ikon Park

(Elimination Final)
Ikon Park

(Round 16)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 15)
MARS Stadium

(Round 14)
Warrawee Park

(Round 13)
Preston City Oval

(Round 12)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 11)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 10)
Windy Hill

(Round 9)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 8)
Shepley Oval

(Round 7)
Rams Arena

(Round 6)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 5)
Healesville Sporting Complex

(Round 4)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 3)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 2)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 1)
Swinburne Centre