Zac Smith.
Zac Smith. The Morning Bulletin

No time to relax at home

GOLD Coast Suns young star Zac Smith returns to Rockhampton at the weekend and will be displaying some of the new skills he has learnt since being picked up by the professional club.

Smith will have little time to relax while back in his home territory as he is a part of a group of Suns members which includes fellow North Queenslanders Charlie Dixon and Jarrod Harbrow.

A part of Smith's duties will be to address students at North Rockhampton High School - something that is a little different to actually getting out on the park with football in hand.

"When I first started I wasn't as good at it as I am now," he said, "but I do enjoy teaching the kids."

Smith is considered an AFL role model for North Queensland and while that might be a big challenge for a young man, he is mature beyond his years.

He also has a sensible approach to spreading the message about the code to youngsters.

"I suppose you don't want to nail them hard," he said, "when they are in their teens it is a good opportunity to have a crack at footy and then they have the chance of being picked up.

Smith is injury free and looking forward to the pre-season competition with the Suns.

"This year we will be fitter, stronger and more experienced," he said. Smith and his Suns team mates are a part of the 2012 Australia Post AFL Community Camps and will be at Sunday's local sign-on at Victoria Park at 2pm before assisting with training of under-18 and academy players at Stenlake Park from 4.30pm.

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