“The Crows were fantastic and at the end of the day I was contracted to Adelaide, so it was an Adelaide decision to have the surgery done.
“All parties were happy … so I will just concentrate on my rehab now and I’m looking forward to getting into training with the Dogs.
“It shouldn’t affect my season going forward.
“We have got to tick off milestones as they come along but hopefully after Christmas I will be back into full training.”
Keath’s trade to the Dogs went through very late on Wednesday’s deadline day with some fearing that a deal would not be done, forcing Keath to go through the draft.
That did not eventuate, with the Dogs getting Keath and a future third-round selection from Adelaide in exchange for a third-round pick this year and a future second-round selection.
“It was a little bit nervous, but I think I was always confident something would get done at the end,” Keath said.
“I’m just really relieved and it’s great to come to the club today and I’m looking forward to getting into the training.
“As you guys saw there were a few trades that went pretty late in the day and I was one of them.
“But credit to [Bulldogs list manager] Sam [Power] and his team they did a great job and I’m just really happy to be here.”
Keath will fill a key defensive post for the Bulldogs that will likely allow exciting West Australian youngster Aaron Naughton to remain a forward. Naughton will join Josh Bruce in the forward line, with Josh Schache another tall attacking option at Whitten Oval.
“I caught up with him [coach Luke Beveridge] a month or so ago and had some really good conversations about the club and how he saw me fitting into the mix and what I could add,” Keath said.
“I think it was the communication I was getting from the coaches and people around that sort of team in terms of how I would fit in [helped Keath choose the Bulldogs].
“There’s a few other factors as well, like they have a very positive culture stemming from those conversations.
“They also have a young and talented list and they had such great growth in the second half of the season.
“I’m very grateful to Adelaide for the opportunity they gave me and I wish them well in the future, but now I’m extremely excited to be at the Bulldogs.
“I’m very grateful to be wanted by a good club in a good position with the youth they’ve got and their exciting talent.”
He said Adelaide’s infamous 2018 pre-season camp had no impact on his decision to seek a trade.
Anthony is a reporter at The Age.