Player Name: George Horlin-Smith
Current Club: Geelong Cats
Potential Club: He’s a South Australian so a move home may not be out of the picture. Adelaide enquired about the young midfielder when negotiating with Geelong about the Patrick Dangerfield trade.
The Original Price: Horlin-Smith was selected with pick 37 in the 2010 National Draft, three picks ahead of Sydney’s Luke Parker.
The Good: He’s a ball-winner and an accumulator. Although he only managed the one senior game in 2016, his VFL performances had him on the cusp regularly. He averaged over 26 disposals at VFL level this year and kicked just shy of a goal a game.
The Bad: He’s probably considered a little one paced at Geelong. He’s a genuine inside midfielder with a nouse for goals but has struggled to break into Geelong’s senior team, playing in the shadows of Joel Selwood, Cameron Guthrie and Josh Caddy. Size is of concern for Horlin-Smith, for a man of his height (think Mitch Duncan) he’s a bit light, five kilos lighter than Duncan. To round out the trifecta, Horlin-Smith has really battled with injuries, in particular with his knees, over the past few years.
What His Club Wants: Geelong rate Horlin-Smith and that is reflected by his contract status; In 2015 they re-signed the midfielder until the end of 2018. They probably rate him a bit higher than the rest of the competition, though. They’ll be looking for a second-round selection in return for Horlin-Smith but they’re unlikely to get it.
What He’s Worth: Had he played 20 senior games this year he may well be worth that second-round selection, but the reality is he didn’t and that probably sets his value more in the early third-round area.
What We’d Pay: An early third-round pick, around pick 36-41.
Possible Trade Scenarios:
- Geelong trade Horlin-Smith to Adelaide for Pick 49.
- Geelong trade Horlin-Smith to Adelaide for Mitch Grigg.
- Geelong trade Horlin-Smith to Adelaide, Adelaide trade Mitch Grigg to Carlton, Carlton trade pick 41 to Geelong.
The Verdict: He’s contracted with the club for another two years so Geelong will be in no hurry to push him out the door. With a number of other players gleaning interest from clubs and a couple of targets of their own, this trade may be put on the back burner. While Horlin-Smith hasn’t been able to secure a spot in Geelong’s best 22, an injury-free run through the pre-season and perhaps a few players out the door during the trade period could see him playing senior footy in 2017 should a trade not get done.
Star Rating: 3/5
While there hasn’t been a lot of media attention surrounding the young Cat, a move home certainly isn’t out of the question.