Smith honoured at Gold Medal Night

Smith honoured at Gold Medal Night

Posted on October 28, 2016 in 'News'

In his first season in WA football Gordon Smith was rewarded as joint winner of the PS4NPLWA Golden Boot at the Football West Gold Medal Night at the Crown Perth Ballroom on Saturday night. (Photo Courtesy of Football West)

The Scottish striker scored 19 goals in the season, the same as Perth SC striker Gustavo Catarcione, and he also polled well in the Gold Medal, although he was ineligible to win the medal due to receiving a red card in the season, he eventually finishing in third place behind winner David Micevski and runner up Jesse Fuller.

The former Heart of Midlothian, Raith Rovers, Stirling Albion and Dumbarton striker said it has been a great first season at the club. “Obviously delighted with my first season in WA, the club brought me here to score goals, so to bag 19 is a good return,” he said. “Hopefully next season I can continue on with it and push to win the Gold Medal next season, that’s what I’ll be going for and helping the club to the title.”

Smith said it had been a good first season at the Jacks and he said he is looking forward to next season and going one better. “It was a great team effort last season and we didn’t fear anyone, and we had a great team spirit and it showed in the 12 game unbeaten run,” he said. “We brought in Kevin (Moon), Daryl (Nicol), Rikki Smith and a couple of other signings which strengthened our squad and I believe we have a squad next season to go on and win it.”

The 25-year-old said his knee injury that ended his season prematurely is improving, and he is determined to be back better than ever. “The injury is going good, I’m back jogging this week and I’ve been cycling this week so it’s improving each week,” he said. “The re-hab programme the club have set me is going well so I’ll be back next season all guns blazing.”

Jacks senior coach Dale McCulloch said he was delighted for Smith, and believes his professionalism has been a huge influence, and he has been good for the club.  “It’s been a great first season for Goggsy. We brought him to the club score goals and he never let us down. His all round game was outstanding and he finished third in the Gold Medal count, and if he hadn’t got a stupid red card against Bayswater, he might have gone on to win it,” he said.

“He scored some vital goals, at vital times for us throughout the season, and he has fitted in well on and off the pitch and we wish him a speedy recovery from his knee injury and hope he can produce the same next season.”