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Smith to finish career at Cats

Isaac Smith in action for Hawthorn against Geelong in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has landed the first of its off-season trade targets with Hawthorn speedster Isaac Smith joining this year’s runner-up.

Smith, who turns 32 in December, will arrive at the Cats on a two-year deal.

A member of the Hawks premiership hat-trick between 2013-15, Smith played 210 games and kicked 165 goals in brown and gold.

Issie has been a part of a lot of success during his time at Hawthorn and has given our club a decade of valuable service,” Hawthorn football boss Graham Wright said.

“As an unrestricted free agent, Issie exercised his right to explore the market, that’s the nature of the mechanism of free agency. 

“We wish Issie and his family all the best in their next chapter.” 

Originally from Temora in southern NSW, Smith came to attention during a stint with Redan in the Ballarat Football League, leading him to North Ballarat, with which he played in a VFL premiership in 2010.

He was drafted with pick No.19 in the 2010 National Draft.

Geelong is also keen to land GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron and star North Melbourne midfielder Shaun Higgins.

Meanwhile, Giant Zac Williams and Adelaide’s Rory Atkins are both on the move.

26-year-old Williams, a restricted free agent who has played 113 AFL games, is set to join Carlton.

Atkins, 26, is believed to have signed a four-year deal with Gold Coast, after 101 games with the Crows, but just four this year.