Geelong ruckman Zac Smith is tossing up a potential return to Gold Coast – the club that he was originally drafted to – according to foxsports.com.au.
The 29-year-old Queenslander is currently out of contract, and a two-year deal has been reportedly offered to bring Smith back to the Suns. As reported by Fox Sports, Smith underwent a medical at Metricon Stadium earlier this week.
Smith was one of the inaugural members of the Suns team, he played five seasons in the AFL, and was a part of the club when they competed in both the TAC Cup and VFL in the two seasons prior to 2011.
Despite playing in the Suns’ first five seasons in the league, Smith only managed 65 senior games due to injury and falling out of favour to younger rucks. Smith was then traded to Geelong at the conclusion of the 2015 season, where he has played just 50 games in four seasons – managing a total of six games across the past two seasons.
Smith will likely fall behind Gold Coast co-captain Jarrod Witts – who is coming off a club best and fairest – if he decides to head north, but the Suns are still lacking in ruck depth after Tom Nicholls called time on his career earlier this week.
Gold Coast head coach Stuart Dew tends to avoid the two ruck combo, so Smith may need to work for his spot in the NEAFL upon return.
With Geelong seeking to boost their ruck depth, it’s unlikely that they will restrain Smith from returning to the sunshine state.