Star recruit’s return almost came in 2019

Colac premiership player Kane Smartt, pictured playing with Balwyn this year, is set to return to the Tigers next season.

Star Colac recruit Kane Smartt says he would have been playing with the Tigers this year if it hadn’t been for his move to Melbourne.

The 27-year-old confirmed yesterday he was set to return to the Geelong Football League club in 2020.

Smartt spent this year’s pre-season training with the Tigers before signing with Balwyn in the Eastern Football League, playing under former AFL mentor Rodney Eade.

But Smartt said the time was now ideal for his return to Colac.

“I probably wanted to play at Colac this year but the circumstances didn’t work out because I was moving to Melbourne,” he said.

“We’re potentially looking to move back Geelong way next year so that sort of freed me up a bit to return.

“I always loved Colac and my time there so I was always planning to go back, now the time is right.”

Smartt spent four years with Colac between 2013 and 2016, including the Tigers’ breakthrough GFL premiership in 2014.

He won Colac’s Ted Parker Medal in his final season at the club before returning to Lorne the following year.

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