Hailing from Scotch College and the Oakleigh Chargers, Smith was selected by the Sydney Swans in the 2007 NAB AFL Rookie Draft. After a successful pre-season and performance in the NEAFL, Smith debuted against Geelong in Round 5. Nick played 2 senior games in his debut season.
Smith’s hard work paid off in the latter part of 2009, where he displayed some outstanding performances. He was acknowledged for his stand-out season through winning the Sydney Swans’ Rising Star Award that year. Nick continued to refine and improve his craft, soon to become one of the league’s best small defenders. His ability to not only eliminate his opponents but also provide great rebound for his team was a driving element in Smith’s progression in the league. His sharp left-foot often was the start of several attacks by the Swans.
2011 saw Nick’s hard-work and commitment rewarded as he was recognised by the club as Most Improved. Furthermore, his leadership developed significantly throughout the club and in 2012 was recognised by the the Swans as Best Clubman. A highlight of Nick’s career was the 2012 AFL Grand Final victory over the Hawthorn FC. Nick played a pivotal role in keeping Hawthorn’s dangerous forward, Cyril Rioli, goalless.
2014 was arguably Nick’s best year as the small defender was selected in the All-Australian Team. His relentless approach to his training and game were rewarded with the highest honour. He averaged 15.5 disposals a game throughout the 2014 season, whilst also collecting an average of 2.5 rebounds and tackles a game. Nick is a very humble and down-to-earth person who strives for excellence on and off the field. He is a true leader among the club and is an incredible role model for all players. His journey from a rookie to All-Australian is very inspiring and reflective of the person he is.
Since his All-Australian naming, Nick has continued to be a very reliable defender for the Swans. He will now look to play his 200th game in the 2018 season and continue his defensive dominance.