Leagues: WAFL Colts
A relative unknown out of Western Australia, Kaleb Smith has timed his run at the end of the year to bolt into draft contention. The East Fremantle product battled injury in 2022 and missed out on state Under 18 representation, but did some of his best work for Wesley College in the PSA competition before ending the WAFL Colts season in blistering form.
A dashing half-back who also doubled as a powerhouse in attack while playing school football, Smith's athleticism is something which translates well to his game. He plays with serious attacking intent from behind the ball, taking the game on at speed and breaking lines at will. Defensively, Smith is also a sound interceptor having averaged nine intercept possessions at WAFL Colts level, going with his solid rate of 21.7 disposals.
A high-impact type, Smith's back end of the season is what catapulted him into draft contention. His averages improved to 24 disposals and nine rebound 50s across his last four outings for the Sharks, putting him in the realm of bolter possibility. Had he been able to perform over the course of a full season, or on the national stage, Smith may have been talked about higher but remains a chance to have his name called come November on the back of his promising glimpses and obvious developable traits.