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36 SPORT Thursday July 14 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 But when you look at the direction of the club, the development that is lacking, the progression in terms of the game plan ... he hasnt been the man for the role. You can go back as far as the day he was appointed, or you can go to the start of the year, where Todd Goldstein starts on the bench for round 1 and hes your 300-game ruckman, you can talk about dropping the new recruit after one game at the start of the year, I think theres been a few errors. WESTERN Bulldogs star Bailey Smith will make a direct return to senior level this weekend after four weeks sidelined through suspensions. His coach admits there will likely be an element of seeking redemption with his teammates after his controversial month. Smith, 21, has been forcibly out of the Bulldogs line-up after successive two-week bans for headbutting and conduct unbecoming respectively after photographs and video from 2021 emerged of him taking an illicit drug. Despite not playing since Round 12, the young gun is in a good headspace in the wake of the drama, according to Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge. But while he conceded there may be an urge to repay his teammates for his absence in a rollercoaster few weeks, which included consecutive heavy losses, Beveridge has encouraged the star Dog to recognise the line between attack and going too far. I did say to him lets make sure that you let your football do the talking, Beveridge said. Im sure that he will. Hes proud and hes combative, but theres a line that you cant cross. Its not an issue for him and his game, but weve seen it before where hell stand up for Baileys football will do talking Lauren Wood himself and his teammates and its just the way hes built. Hopefully he regulates his own energies (on the field) in that regard. Beveridge said that Smith had been committed to his training over his enforced break from playing but that he still had to be able to strike a balance. Baileys the type of competitor that turns up early to games and winds himself up and absolutely wants to be the best player out there for his club and his teammates, he said. It almost flies in the face of trying to take the edge off and creating some calmness in your life hes just a fierce competitor. My conversation with him was more around discipline, and making sure he plays his best footy within the rules and we dont lose him again how we have. I cant speak for him, but the way he thinks, he really cares about his club and his team and his teammates. I think thered be an element of (wanting to repay them for his missteps) as he goes into this game, that he wants to definitely help us win this game. Maybe off the back of the last few weeks, which have been pretty lean for us hell feel like he could have made a difference. Thatll be part of his thinking, Id imagine. Bailey Smith will return for the Bulldogs this weekend. Picture: David Crosling WESTERN Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has backed his team to respond straight away off the back of what he described as the worst quarter of football in his senior coaching tenure. The Dogs succumbed 15 scoring shots to Sydney in the first quarter last Friday night, forcing them so far on to the back foot that they failed to rein in the Swans for the remainder of the game. While Beveridge said while personnel had been an issue in recent weeks, it was not an excuse and said that changes implemented this week would not take too long to adjust, as the team fights out of the mire. The first quarter (against Sydney) was youd like to think it was an anomaly, Beveridge (pictured) said. I think its probably the worst quarter of football that weve experienced in my time here. Youve got to give credit to the Swans the way they played, their endeavour and their commitment early in the game was outstanding. Theres a discussion around methodology how we make adjustments when something like that happens. From a coaching point of view, theres the technical aspect And then theres a numbers game and where you put them and what your preferences are to halt momentum, which we needed to do in the back half of that quarter. Weve all got to make sure we work together on that. Beveridge maintained that what transpired happens at every club as changes were forced to be employed, but that a rebound will be swift. I believe that can happen straight away, he said. Dogs will rebound after SCG savaging Lauren Wood Hodge: Roos cant let Clarko rule the roost NORTH Melbourne will need the strength to control Alastair Clarkson if it signs him to fill the clubs vacant coaching role, according to champion former Hawk Luke Hodge. Its understood the Roos hierarchy plans to contact Clarkson or his management about leading the club after the axing of David Noble this week. Hodge, who won four premierships under Clarkson at Hawthorn, said stability would be key to securing longevity with the master coach. The hardest thing with Clarko hes not an easy per son to deal with, Hodge told SEN radio. Yes he is a great coach. I love him as a coach. As a mentor. But hes not easy. And I reckon he would be the first to say that, and (his wife Caryn) would be the first to say that as well and everyone thats worked with him. But he gets results. Hes very headstrong and very strong-willed, and he wants the best for the football club. But he cant come in as The Clarko Show. He needs to know where his place is and that means they need a stable board and stable off-field to let him know that. I think that David would concede that at a time where he had to be absolutely bulletproof, he wasnt. In the end, the wins and losses get you. King said North should look at Ross Lyon over Alastair Clarkson for their next coach. I would ring Ross Lyon, he said. I would say, 13 years at St Kilda and Freo and youve had great success, youve set standards, youve been the same with player one as player 20 in terms of whats required. Youve got a great knowledge of people around the industry hed be able to bring a pit crew with him that he would be able to endorse. TWO-time North Melbourne premiership player David King says the decision by his former club to part ways with David Noble as senior coach was brutal, but the right decision after he fell out with players. Nobles stint as senior coach of the Kangaroos lasted just 38 games, with him and the club announcing on Tuesday they were parting ways, with North Melbourne set to claim consecutive wooden spoons after a 14-game losing streak. King said on AFL 360 on Tuesday night that it was the right call. I think it is (right). Its brutal, its hard, he said. Simeon Thomas-Wilson Noble axing harsh but correct: King David King (left) has backed the axing of David Noble. Lauren Wood