Roarke Smith's journey from seven rookie contracts to the AFL grand final
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With seven successive rookie contracts to his name, and two knee reconstructions, Western Bulldog Roarke Smith has lived his football life on the fringe. But on Saturday he'll play in the grand final.
Roarke Smith is the definition of a fringe footballer. This time next week he could be a premiership player, and even he can't bring himself to believe that is true.

Smith was a rookie pick by the Western Bulldogs - three times. Twice he was cut from the Dogs' list and then re-selected be the club. He has…
Michael Gleeson
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