Tom Boyd travelled to Cairns with his Western Bulldogs teammates on Thursday, clearing the way for his return to the senior team.
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The key forward is set to play his first game for 13 rounds against Gold Coast on Saturday night, with his indefinite internal suspension lifted during the week.

Boyd and teammate Zaine Cordy were suspended from senior selection by the Bulldogs after an altercation between the pair last month.

Bulldogs coach Beveridge had said both would become available again when the “vibe” was right, and indicated earlier this week that both players had paid their penance.

Boyd has built some encouraging VFL form in recent weeks and was working his way back from the shoulder injury that interrupted his season four weeks in when the club became aware of the incident with Cordy.

Boyd was also fined $5000, and agreed to undergo counselling. The 20-year-old also volunteered time and money to a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent social violence.

“He probably didn’t play as well as he did the week before at VFL level, so if we’re picking it on form we’ve got to consider that at match committee,” said Beveridge on Tuesday.

“I think it’s time … we’re almost ready to put it behind us. Both him and Zaine have been pretty contrite and have paid their penance but it’s got to be up to everyone that that’s enough, because I’m not the one playing with Tommy.

“I’m just looking forward to getting him back in – we all are – and seeing his contribution, because we are ready to get one of the bigs in again.”

The Bulldogs will play the Suns at Cazaly’s Stadium in a home game on Saturday night.

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