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Smedts ready for next stage

New Leopold recruit Billie Smedts (right) with first-year coach Guy Morphett. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BOOM Leopold recruit Billie Smedts says he is “really excited for the next stage of life” after signing a two-year deal with the GFL club last night.

The 25-year-old’s time in the AFL system came to an end after 47 games in seven injury-ravaged seasons – six with Geelong and one at Carlton – when he was delisted by the Blues last month.

“When I got the news, I was obviously pretty disappointed,” Smedts told krockfootball.com.au.

“I’m looking forward to moving home and starting the next chapter.”

Smedts has signed a two-year deal, choosing the Lions over home club North Warrnambool.

“I was in regular conversations with North Warrnambool,” he said.

“I narrowed it down to two clubs – Leopold and North Warrnambool.

“I started my career with North Warrnambool and see myself finishing my career at North Warrnambool, but I still feel like I’ve got a good 6-7 years of footy left and I’m looking forward to setting myself up here at Leopold.”

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Smedts has been a familiar face at Memorial Park in recent years.

His sister Maddison played netball with the Lions, while close friends Lucas Boyd and Kevin Bourke are key players at the club.

He also played alongside both Trent West and Nick Bourke at Geelong, and attended Geelong Grammar along with star Leopold small forward Brandon Howarth.

“I’ve got a really good friendship base here,” Smedts said.

“In the end it was a really easy decision.”

“Every weekend that I could, I would be here watching the boys.

“It’s a great standard and I’m looking forward to it.”

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