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Smith to be ready for round one but Bombers wait on Daniher

“Yeah, I’ll be good to go from day one. I’ve completed all the sessions and I’ve got my eyes on round one,” he said.

Smith was the 2018 Crichton Medal winner but had to find other ways to develop last season after injuring his trochlear.

“It’s never fun and I am not someone who likes watching football, especially at the time, we weren’t going too well,” he said.

“You feel a bit helpless but I did other things, a little bit of coaching, a little bit of recruiting stuff. I found avenues to get better as a person.”

Joe Daniher will head to Ireland later this week.

Joe Daniher will head to Ireland later this week.Credit:AAP

For the Bombers to improve, and claim their first finals win since 2004, they almost certainly will need a fit Daniher to be a matchwinner up forward. However, the 2017 All Australian has managed only a combined 11 matches over the past two seasons because of serious groin issues and has not resumed full training.

He will head to Ireland later this week to meet with world-leading specialist Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller.

“Joey is going really well. It has been a bit of a process for him. He is a couple of days here and then he’ll go back to Ireland to see the specialist, just get a check-up,” Smith said.

“There is no timeframe on that. We are just waiting for Joey to feel right and get out there and help us win games of footy.”

The Bombers open their pre-season series against the West Coast Eagles at Mineral Resources Park (Lathlain) in Perth on February 28.

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