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Joel Smith

Image DOB: 25 February 1996

Debut: Round 1, 2017 vs St Kilda at Docklands

From: Taylors Lakes/Maribyrnong Park, 2015 Rookie Draft selection #41

Number: 44 (2017-)

Games: 21* (to end 2021)
Goals: 1*
Career statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1101052.38

The son of Shaun Smith switched from playing football to basketball at 16, and was signed by Melbourne in October 2015 under the league's alternative talent rules.

Smith debuted in the first round of 2017 but suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter that cost him most of his rookie season. He returned to the senior side in Round 16 and played two more games. He was rewarded with a contract extension to the end of 2019. Played a further seven games as a defender in 2018 before suffering a broken collarbone in the Round 20 win over Gold Coast. He returned for the losing Preliminary Final.

Injured his groin in a 2019 pre-season match, and despite playing on and kicking four goals for the day was out injured for the entire home and away season. He returned, as a defender, for seven games in 2020.

Out of the side for most of 2021, Smith got an opportunity in defence at the end of the season. He played Melbourne's first final, before suffering a hamstring injury in a training session that cost him his place in the Demons' Preliminary Final team.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
2017 300
2018810
2020 700
2021 300

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