Benalla Saints have signed former Collingwood rookie Lachlan Smith for the 2013 season.MEG PIGRAM November 7, 2012 9:35am
Former Collingwood Football Club rookie Lachy Smith is coming back home to play with Benalla Saints next season.
In his short career, Smith had a run with the Murray Bushrangers in 2010 before being selected to play in the Victorian Football League with Collingwood.
Now the 19-year-old forward hopes he can break first grade in the future.
‘‘I am looking forward to coming back to Benalla to play,’’ Smith said.
‘‘I had a few chats with other clubs but Benalla was the most appealing.’’
Smith said coming back to Benalla was pushed along by the notion of joining his mates.
‘‘I’ve got a lot of friends here as well, so it will be good to play with them,’’ he said.
‘‘But hopefully I can get noticed and go on to play in the seniors.’’
Smith’s signing is the first of many for the Benalla Saints and comes off the back of the recruitment of a new captain/coach Luke Morgan.
‘‘Our pre-season focus is bringing players back to the club,’’ Morgan said.
For the former Northern Bullants star there is no beating around the bush — he is determined to return his side to finals fever.
‘‘Ultimately we want to be playing finals,’’ he said.
‘‘I think implementing my structures we can do that,’’ Morgan added.
Morgan said his focus during pre-season will be on basic ball skills, the development of his game plan and of course fitness.
Benalla Saints pre-season training kicks off on Monday from 5.45
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