Western Bulldogs Champion Billy Smith returned to the club after a brief mental health break and was in good shape during training on Wednesday.
Smith had missed the Bulldogs’ first two weeks of pre-season training, but was keen to join the club this week. He took part in main training on Monday, was at the club on Tuesday and completed drills and match drills on Wednesday, before the Bulldog heads off for Christmas.
The Bulldogs had no issues with Smith’s fitness, as he is a meticulous trainer and would complete individual sessions while away from the club.
Smith, one of the NFL’s most popular personalities with over 340,000 followers on Instagram, has been dealing with issues off the field but is now in what sources say is “very good” mental space and has missed training with his teammates.
The clever striker, who has enjoyed a great Finals campaign, has previously spoken about his battles with mental health.
He impressed on the track on Wednesday, coming as teammate Cody Whitmer ramped up his return from ankle surgery, which left him in moon boots for six weeks. He has resumed running and will ramp up his training program after Christmas.
It was reported last Friday that Smith was taking time away, but the club was backing that.
“We will support him all the time, and he will be back when he is ready. Bailey has maintained a very high level of physical conditioning throughout his career and we look forward to reintegrating him into the program in due course,” Grant said at the time.