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

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
201810249151558074461441650320185.72.78.43.18.02.61.155
201911752169599672591673638519176.93.19.93.59.83.51.165
Total2191013201141761461053115288839356.32.99.13.38.93.01.1120

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