Nick Smith made his way onto the Swans list through the 2007 Rookie Draft, playing two games in 2008 which were enough to see him elevated to the senior list. A small defender, Smith has made a name for himself as one of the best shut down players in the competition and notorious for giving his opponents little room to move, while also an effective rebound player.
After spending 2009 and 2010 developing his craft, 2011 was a breakout year as he played 21 games and was recognised as the Swans Most Improved Player. In 2012 Smith was part of the Grand Final winning side, keeping dangerous Hawk Cyril Rioli goalless.
A durable player, Smith only missed a handful of games after cementing his place in the side in 2011, and in 2014 was named in the All-Australian side. In 2018 he played his 200th game, and ahead of the 2019 season was named in the Swans leadership group for the first time.