Brad 'Hendo' Henderson, coach of the Bulldogs Jersey Flegg side is delighted to see Dalton Smith making his return to football this weekend against the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium.
Henderson believes Dalton has a positive influence on the side and will make an immediate impact when he returns to the field on Saturday.
"The experience, it sounds silly, but he's got 20 odd games experience at this level, which is a lot because we've got some guys with zero games, one game and four games. 'Dalts' is a really good communicator, really level-headed kid, and he's quick to jump on anything that's not beneficial to the team, he's another voice for the coaches," said Henderson.
Henderson understands the importance of not making too many changes during games after previously losing the last couple of matches by only two points.
"Steer clear of big changes. Not a lot will change offensively with what we do. I outsmarted myself with the Mounties game and tried to change too much of what we did that week. I thought it had a bad effect on us. We need to compete hard on our end of sets, I think we're letting the opposition off a bit. Our time on ground isn't' as good as what it should be, hopefully we see an improvement there this week."
After going down to the Newcastle Knights last week after the buzzer, Henderson has made it clear he will be focusing on line-speed and building pressure during training.
"We did a lot of tackling on Tuesday night and trying to get some time on the ground and tonight we'll focus on inside pressure and our line-speed and making sure we're working hard off the ball. That's where the Roosters like to get you," added Henderson.
Our Jersey Flegg squad have been performing well and are looking to secure their fifth win of the 2018 season.
Last time we came up against the Sydney Roosters in Round five, we suffered a twelve-point loss.