Isaac Smith wins the 2022 Norm Smith Medal after tallying a game-high 32 disposals, 11 inside 50s, and a massive 771 metres gained, to go with 12 marks, five clearances and three goals in the Cats' premiership win over the Swans.
At 33 years of age, Smith is the oldest player to win the award.
Ben Stratton will captain the Hawthorn Football Club for a second-straight season in 2020, with six other players making up the rest of the leadership group.
Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O'Meara have been named co-vice captains, with Mitchell joining the leadership group for the first time.
Jack Gunston was the sole vice-captain last year, but has chosen to relinquish his title. Gunston has remained in the leadership group however, with Isaac Smith, Liam Shiels, Ben McEvoy rounding out the group.
"It's been a big 12 months of development, both for us as leaders and for the wider playing group," Stratton said.
"I'm confident the experience and lessons learned will only strengthen my leadership going forward, and I'm excited to see what 2020 brings."
Hawthorn is rallying behind Isaac Smith after he was subjected to a barrage of abuse on social media in the wake of the narrow loss to Geelong where Smith failed to convert a shot on goal that would have won the game for the Hawks.
"They're keyboard warriors that get stuck into players when incidents happen in games, so as a football club and myself personally, I don't think that should happen," teammate Luke Breust said.
"There's so many things that happen in a game of football and unfortunately for him he was the one that had the final kick. He had the opportunity to win the game for us, but not actually lose it for us.
"I'd back him in on the run every time and he'll continue to do that."
Isaac Smith says it is time to move on after his post-siren shot in last week's qualifying final sailed wide and handed victory to Geelong.
"I actually felt pretty relaxed and was pretty realistic about it and thought if I kick it we win it and if I don't we lose," Smith said.
"Off the boot I actually though it was going through. It felt really nice off the boot. I think there was a photo in one of the papers of me starting to celebrate and then as it got it about halfway I saw the ball starting to turn over and I thought, not good, this is going to be a fun 48-72 hours.
Several of his teammates, including Sam Mitchell, Liam Shiels and Jordan Lewis, have taken to the airwaves this week to support Smith, backing the 27-year-old as one of the best players at Hawthorn to have the ball if a similar situation arose again.
"It's fantastic the support I got over the weekend and even the last couple of days," Smith said.
"A lot of people in the industry sent me texts or gave me a call. A lot of family and friends sent me texts and gave me a call. I guess the last thing you want is for people to take pity on you as well. You want to be able to move on."
"We live to fight another day. It was a great moment to have and I'd love to have it again this weekend as well."
Ahead of his first meeting against his old side, new Bulldog Matthew Suckling has revealed a text message from an ex-teammate has given him a sneaky suspicion of what awaits him at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The 27-year-old is glad to get the initial encounter "out of the way" early in the season and suspects a life-long mate could be his opponent at the opening bounce.
"Isaac Smith sent me a text with our magnets next to each other (on the whiteboard), so hopefully that happens throughout the course of the night," Suckling said.
"(There's been) a few sly comments here and there, and I'm sure they'll continue right up to the game.
"It's definitely a different week because I spent a lot of time (at Hawthorn) and formed a lot of great friendships, but I'm on the other side now and I'm looking forward to it."
Talented young Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
"I didn't even think of moving; I always wanted to stay at the Hawks so I was happy to put pen to paper," Smith told the Herald Sun.
"There is a great group of young fellas coming through, which has brought a lot of energy and excitement into the club, and I think you can see that on field."
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Hawthorn's Isaac Smith says he still laughs about AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou pronouncing his surname as Omith and not Smith at the 2011 Brownlow Medal count.
"I was having a few beers so I didn't realise, but I soon found out about it because my phone got flooded with text messages," Smith said.
"So I'm now Isaac Omith, not Smith. A few of my mates still joke about it. Hopefully I can get a few votes this year, which will correct the situation."
Exciting Hawthorn wingman Isaac Smith has started negotiations over a new deal, saying he wants to stay at the club.
"I'm just going through a few things [with Hawthorn] at the moment, so we're seeing where we're at," Smith said.
"Hopefully it gets over and done with pretty quickly. I want to be at Hawthorn, so hopefully it all comes through."
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Isaac Smith reflects on his long road to the AFL.
Growing up in Cootamundra, NSW, Smith took a gap year after high school before moving to country Victoria to complete a sports management degree at the University of Ballarat.
There he played footy for Redan, before a call up from VFL side North Ballarat midway through the 2010 season. His performances at senior level attracted the attention of Hawthorn who took a punt on the goalkicking midfielder.
"The hardest thing is coming in at 22 and then realising that in five years' time I'm going to be 27," Smith said.
"Really, I've only got a short period to make it count. I had to work hard and did it a completely different way to a lot of other guys in the game. I'm just going to try and make the most of it."
Saturday, 20 August 2011
First-year Hawk Isaac Smith is learning to enjoy his footy again after spending most of his early career taking it a bit too seriously.
"I reckon early on I sort of got in a bad headspace, with viewing footy as a business and not enjoying it," Smith said.
"I always played footy to enjoy it with my mates and have fun. So I just thought, 'you know what? Bugger it. If I'm going to play footy, I'm going to enjoy it'.
"That's the reason I started playing and that's the reason I've always played, (but) you can get caught up in it all."
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Hawk Isaac Smith says he enjoys playing at Aurora Stadium after notching 21 touches against Gold Coast at the ground.
"There's a lot of pressure for spots in the side when everyone's up and about, so you have to play really well when the opportunity presents itself," Smith said.
"I was blowing a bit, but my fitness is really good. Being the sort of player I am, I will drift in and out of the game a little bit."
Friday, 6 May 2011
Isaac Smith makes his AFL debut for Hawthorn at Football Park with 21 disposals (12 kicks and 9 handballs), 6 marks, 2 tackles and a goal in a 32-point win over Port Adelaide.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Hawthorn draftee Isaac Smith says Michael Barlow and James Podsiadly have broadened the recruiter's horizons, allowing older players to play AFL.
"I'm just happy that Barlow and Podsiadly have opened the door and created some hype around VFL players because there are a lot of good players running around," Smith said.