It’s official – our 2015 Premiership Captain and Jack Oatey Medallist, Chris Schmidt will be returning to play for West Adelaide Football Club in 2019.
Senior coach Gavin Colville has said ‘We certainly look forward to having Chris playing again. The year away from state league football has enabled his body to recover to a level where we feel very confident he can impact either as a midfielder or as a half-back.’
‘Importantly Chris brings a professional presence both on and off the field. He will be actively involved as a mentor for some of our younger players.’
There is a sense of returning home having spent most of his footballing life at the club he loves. He said ‘Having a year off footy at SANFL level really helped refresh me physically and mentally, and I can’t wait to get out there again with the boys. There is a great feeling around the club at the moment, and my gut feel is we are ready to take the next step and play some finals footy again’
Chris has played 132 games for West Adelaide as well as 18 games for the Adelaide Crows and two for the Brisbane Lions. His experience and leadership is something we are very excited about having back at West Adelaide.