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    Nick Smith retirement

    Time for the Nick appreciation thread then.

    Nick Smith calls time - sydneyswans.com.au

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    One of the absolute best. Huge part of us winning 2012 premiership.

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    Massively underrated and probably the best small defender in the game over a long period.

    Of all the years he played I only remember once or twice he was beaten. Used to call him the glove.

    One of my favourites, and seemingly a great clubman.

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    Swans website has a fantastic highlights video:

    Thank You Nick - sydneyswans.com.au

    Chasing down and tackling some of the fastest and the biggest!

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    Shame that it had to end without him getting back on the field, but I suspect that there's a strong element of team first in the decision. That is, he could have attempted to get back next year, but the likelihood was that he would never get back to the player that he was.

    One of my favourites. Week in, week out, he could be counted on to play his role to the best of his abilities. Which led to many games, where the best small forwards in the competition, were left wondering just what went wrong. And even though he won some accolades, I think that he should of been more acknowledged. The fact that he only made the All Australian side once, points to a bit of a flaw in the way that small defenders are selected. It seems that fantasy points are usually more of a criteria, rather than whether they consistently beat the best small forwards.

    But anyway, I'm sure he'll have plenty of other things to look back on. Best Swans Clubman. Swans premiership player. The times that he beat Cyril, the times that he beat Stevie J, the times that he beat Milne, the times that he beat Le Cras, the times that he beat Eddie, etc.

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    Disappointed with this.

    Thought he'd play on. Still definitely in our best 22.

    One of my favourites. Always just got the job done.

    With Jack likely to make a call too, there will be a massive re-shuffle next year.

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    Love the way Smooch went about it. A legend of our backline. His battles with Betts was a highlight for me.

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    Oh handsome young Smooch... now who will I swoon at?
    Thanks kiddo.
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    Many many thanks nick smith

    Second efforts
    Anticipation
    Selflessness

    Just some of his many 10/10 qualities

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark26 View Post
    Love the way Smooch went about it. A legend of our backline. His battles with Betts was a highlight for me.
    Great player, great leadership. Courageous and selfless.

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    Smooch gone - that's the end of an era. And so underrated. You'd always just hear that Betts/Rioli/Milne "is having an uncharacteristically quiet game" and we'd know why. I even went to a club post-match event when they asked Nick "what did you do out there today? I didn't notice you." Thanks Nick - who can replace you?

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    Thanks for your services Nick. I hope you and the other retirees get to be chaired off the ground next week.

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