6. JAMIE SMITH (C)
The team’s captain and leader, Jamie has proven himself one of the club’s best ever signings since joining in 2014. His importance to Shane can’t be underestimated as he almost always performs well and his never-say-die attitude often gets the team through tough moments on the pitch.
A centre back by trade, Jamie is also adept at playing defensive midfield. Among his wide range of qualities, his biggest assets are his aerial ability, tackling and strength on the ball, and as a result rarely lets his opponent past him. His organizational skills and focus on team shape have helped Shane a great deal in recent months as results have steadily improved.
Jamie has very much risen to the challenges of being captain and grown into the role. Whilst booking and suspensions were common during his first year, he’s managed to dramatically improve in this regard, a testament to his becoming a more positive influence on the pitch. As part of the management team alongside Sam and Zach, Jamie plays an important role in team selection and tactics.
The recipient of the Most Valuable Player award for the last season, it’s clear that Jamie will be integral to any success Shane have in the 2017 season.