I felt I really didn’t ‘know’ Devon Smith the player and thought I had better go back and watch some vision of him from some GWS games (not just the highlights on EFC site!).
My goodness this bloke is a fierce competitor- not something I fully appreciated from him given his classy finishing and flash and jazz around the forward 50. I think he is going to prosper as a balanced midfielder given minutes and a good run with fitness - his defensive running is extremely good already. He has vision, poise and a hard edge - a little bit of arrogance too that so many great players have - and great teams need. A big stage player and he has arrived at the club at exactly the right time I reckon.
It also stuck me how much of his brilliant finishes around goal were greeted by a golf-clap strength crowd reaction - so I look forward to him experiencing the rush of dobbing one on ANZAC day with the full force of a rabid Bomber crowd saluting.
All in all looks an incredibly good acquisition by the club and I can’t wait to see him in the red sash cutting through the centre in tandem with our fleet of young midfielders.
And he’s freakin’ 24! What an absolute steal. Bring on 2018.