Deni Rovers speedster David Smith had the chance to play alongside some of the AFL’s elite players when he lined up for the GWS reserves last Saturday.
The 18 year-old played alongside the likes of ruckman Jonathon Patton in the Giants’ North East Australian Football League round six clash against the Sydney Swans.
The Roos utility is now contracted to play for GWS reserves and when not named for the Giants, he will line up for the Rovers.
Despite the Giants going down by 31 points to the Swans, Smith said he was thrilled with the experience.
‘‘I want to play at the highest level of footy I can,’’ he said.
‘‘At the start of the year I had signed with the Canberra Demons in the NEAFL but I decided to move back to Deni, and then I was contacted by GWS.
‘‘They (GWS) wanted me to play a game to get a look at me and organised travel for me from Albury.
‘‘It was great to play alongside AFL listed players and they gave me some advice on how I can improve my footy.
‘‘I managed to get a goal running into an open goal square too, so that was a highlight.’’
Smith’s football journey started when he first pulled on the boots for the Blighty fourths in 2012.
His talent was quick to shine through with the Redeyes, making his senior debut at the age of 14 against a strong Jerilderie side in 2014. In that game Smith lined up alongside current Deni Rovers teammate Brody Lumber, while also playing against current Rovers teammates Andrew and Dylan May, James Gilligan, Aaron Purcell and Allan Bond with Roos coach Josh Bode leading the Demons at the time.
After a year of playing for St Patrick’s College in Ballarat, Smith caught the eyes of the Murray Bushrangers. He played 12 games for the Bushies in last year’s TAC Cup competition, and also played three games for Williamstown in the VFL Development League, before returning home and joining the Rovers.
‘‘It’s a good group of blokes at the Rovers,’’ Smith said.
‘‘I get along well with the leaders like Wally Bulmer (club president), Josh Bode (coach) and the captain Andy May.
‘‘I’m really enjoying my time at the Rovers so hopefully we can keep our form up to keep it as enjoyable on the field as well.’’
Smith will line up for the Rovers when they take on Waaia in a top of the table clash at Memorial Park tomorrow.