LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28: Isaac Smith of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round six match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the St Kilda Saints at UTAS Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith is a triple-premiership player…and he didn’t even expect the club to draft him!

Smith told SEN Breakfast on Tuesday he was “surprised” when the Hawks took him with their first pick in the 2010 draft, thinking he would end up at the Gold Coast or North Melbourne.

“I think Gold Coast had a lot of picks that year and also North Melbourne were the feeder club to North Ballarat, so they were probably the two teams I was expecting to get picked up by,” Smith told SEN Breakfast.

“When Hawthorn took me, I was quite surprised actually. The only two guys that I really knew in the AFL were Luke Breust and Matt Suckling … it was awesome to land at Hawthorn because I already had a connection and the rest is history.”

Smith has faith where the Hawks are at as the competition reset’s looms.

“I think the coaching and recruiting staff have put together a pretty good list,” Smith said.

“We’ve got blokes in over the last few years like Tom Scully, Chad Wingard, Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara, Jon Patton, Sam Frost … it feels that at this point in time we’ve got a really mature list.

“We’ve also got some young guys like James Worpel, Ollie Hanrahan, Jack Scrimshaw, Mitchell Lewis, those type of guys that are coming through and really impacting the side.

“Maybe over the last couple of years we haven’t batted as deep but at the moment it feels like we’re batting as deep as ever since I’ve been at the club.

“Hopefully that translates to wins.”