AFL: GWS look set for their first ever win at the SCG if the form guide is anything to go by, with the Swans starting their season with four straight losses.
GWS GIANTS star Devon Smith is hopeful of sealing a deal to stay in Sydney’s west by mid-season.
The livewire forward also played down any link with Collingwood and doesn’t plan on reuniting with three of his former teammates in Adam Treloar, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Taylor Adams.
Smith is out of contract at the end of this season and has been rumoured to be heading home to Victoria and the company of his ex-GWS teammates.
“My manager and the club are in positive talks at the moment and hopefully can get the job done by midyear,” Smith said.
“I missed a large chunk of last year so I want play some good footy.”
Smith is particularly close with his former Geelong Falcons teammate Adams, who moved to the Magpies in 2014.
The pair were also taken with consecutive selections in the 2011 national draft when Adams was taken by GWS at pick 13 and Smith at 14.
“I talk to Taylor but it’s not like he’s their list manager,” Smith joked.
“He calls me once a week, I call him to see how he’s going, and obviously I text Will Hoskin-Elliott and Adam to see how they’re going because we were mates for four or five years.”
The Giants have the chance to inflict their third consecutive win over the Swans and their first at the SCG. They could also effectively finish off their finals hopes and keep them stuck on the lower rungs of the ladder with a potential 0-5 start.
However Smith is still wary of the wounded beast, which has some of their stars back in Isaac Heeney, Kurt Tippett and Gary Rohan.
“It’s not really extra motivation (seeing Swans start 0-5),” Smith said.
“They’re a great team they’ve got the credit in the bank, they’re a great contested team and any team with Buddy in it has to be respected.
“If we can match them in contested possession then we should win.”
Originally published as Smith hopes to re-sign with Giants soon