Western Bulldogs recruit Alex Keath won’t return to full training until after Christmas following surgery on his lower leg.
Keath finally landed at Whitten Oval with Adelaide and the Bulldogs agreeing a deal late on deadline day of the trade period.
The former first-class cricketer urged the Crows to book him in for surgery to repair a crack in his shin that was uncovered during his medical.
“In terms of full training, I probably won’t be going until after Christmas,” Keath told SEN Afternoons.
“But had I not had things done there’s a chance the soreness could have lingered. I think it was a great decision by all parties involved and it was the best thing to do for me.”
Reports emerged on deadline day that Gold Coast would select the intercept defender via the pre-season draft if his move to the Bulldogs fell through.
Keath, who was drafted to the Suns in 2009 before pursuing a career in cricket, denied they were interested in signing him.
“I’m not aware of any interest whatsoever from the Gold Coast,” Keath said.
“I hadn’t heard from my manager that that was even a possibility and they (Gold Coast), as far as I know, hadn’t made any contact with my manager.
“We were very confident something would get done and Sam Power and his team did a great job in making sure that it went through.”
Keath and St Kilda forward Josh Bruce were the two major additions to arrive at the Western Bulldogs during the trade period.
Listen to Alex Keath’s chat on SEN Afternoons in the player below