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Zac Smith reflects on how a soccer player from rugby league heartland was ‘pestered’ into an AFL career

Playing at the MCG in front of 90,000 screaming fans is every Aussie rules-playing kid’s dream, but it is the last place you would find a soccer player from Biloela.

For more than a decade, Zac Smith dazzled Aussie rules fans with a skill set and athleticism unexpected for a 206-centimetre-tall ruckman in a sport he was never meant to play.

It took him from Biloela in central Queensland, a town smack bang in the middle of rugby league heartland, to the bright lights of the hallowed MCG turf and to every major Aussie rules ground in the country.

Smith’s 11-year career for the Gold Coast Suns and Geelong Cats ended in a lockdown-induced,…

Read more at www.abc.net.au

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