Key defender Alex Keath has started to take part in match simulation at training as he ramps up his first pre-season as a Bulldog.

The former Crow underwent minor surgery on his lower leg during the off-season, and is tracking well in his recovery as he targets a return to full training by the end of January. 

“At this stage it’s all going well – I had a 10-week scan which the surgeon was happy with, and have been progressing with my training loads,” Keath told RSN Breakfast Club on Friday morning. 

“We have a pre-season camp coming up (on the Sunshine Coast) next week, and then some practice games which I’m hoping to be a part of.”

The 27-year-old was acquired during the last 30 minutes of the Telstra AFL Trade Period, arriving at the Kennel alongside key forward and former Saint Josh Bruce. 

“’Brucey’ has been a great addition – he’s been dominating out on the training track,” Keath said.

“He’s able to play a number of positions on the ground too, so he’ll be a really good pick-up this year.”

The Bulldogs will spend their 2020 pre-season camp on the Sunshine Coast, with an open training session to be held on January 26 at the Maroochydore Sports Complex from 9:30am.