FORMER Geelong champion Cameron Ling believes North Warrnambool Eagles export Billie Smedts could bolster the Cats’ hopes during their finals campaign.
Speaking in Warrnambool yesterday, the premiership captain said if Smedts’ body was right he could provide the Cats with some firepower up forward for the remainder of the finals.
“Corey Enright will be an out, so someone has to go in,” Ling told The Standard.
“If Billie’s body is in good shape, he could add the speed and skill you need in finals football.
“But I’m not sure where he is fitness-wise. I’m just looking in from the outside.”
Ling was full of praise for 21-year-old Smedts, saying he had come along in “leaps and bounds” since being drafted to the Cats in 2010.
He said when Smedts first arrived at the club, he was light and quick.
“The improvement I can see in him now is impressive,” Ling said.
“He is improving with each game and is getting stronger and stronger.
“Billie has spent a bit of time in the gym, added a bit of weight and strength to his body, which he needed to do.
“If he continues on the path he is on now, he will have a long career in the game.
“He’s a terrific young player who I can only see getting better.”
Smedts has played 13 games for the Cats this season but hasn’t been included in the senior side since round 20.
Ling was in Warrnambool to attend a junior clinic with other AFL stars at Warrnambool Primary School.