Crichton Medalist Devon Smith says a lack of enjoyment in his footy at GWS spurred the move to the Bombers.
Smith was traded to Essendon in 2017 and played every game last year for the Bombers.
The former Giants midfielder said while he was initially enjoying his time at the club, it all changed for him in the 2017 season.
“I had a lot of mates leave the football club and we were all chasing the same sort of thing,” Smith told SEN’s Whateley.
“A lot of staff left as well and then I was in and out of rehab in my last year there.
“Rehab’s a pretty lonely place on an AFL list.
“You don’t really feel involved and obviously I was in limbo with my contract.
“I didn’t really enjoy my footy in my last year there, just not playing and then seeing the boys have success was hard to watch.”
Smith admits he was always intending on returning to Victoria and with success in the back of his mind, the decision ended up being easy for him.
“I always knew at some stage I wanted to come whether that was after two, four, six, eight, 10 years,” he told Gerard Whateley.
“It just seemed such a good fit at the time to get a longer term deal to come home and it was just a no-brainer.”
Smith will take on his old side in Round 1, with the Bombers hoping to open the ledger with a win away from home.
Hear Gerard Whateley’s interview with Devon SMith in the player below.