The Brisbane Lions have added to their ruck stocks by selecting Henry Smith with their third pick in the in the NAB AFL National Draft.
The 204cm – 96kg 18-year-old from Woodville West Torrens was selected with pick 48.
Smith has well developed ruck craft but is also capable of floating forward and taking a contested mark.
He has also won reviews for his tackling and follow up work, a trait he shares with new teammate Oscar McInerney.
National Recruiting Manager Stephen Conole said the Club had identified Smith as a player who could develop as the replacement for the departing Stef Martin as the long-term partner for the Big O.
“He’s a big, strong lad who played U18 footy for the Eagles all year in the SANFL,’’ he said.
“He’s a developing ruckman who also showed he couple play as a key position forward through this season.
“For a lad of his size his fundamentals are really good and as a rule he makes good decisions.
“His hand work at ruck contests is quite developed for such a young ruckman. ‘’