AS THE Western Bulldogs brace for potentially a month without Bailey Smith, coach Luke Beveridge is confident the star midfielder won't be set back long-term by a likely AFL suspension.

Smith was interviewed by the AFL on Tuesday after being caught on video with illicit substances last year.

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The video and images emerged last week, with Smith later apologising for "indulging in behaviours in late 2021 of which I am deeply ashamed".

The 21-year-old is currently serving a two-week suspension for headbutting an opponent and is likely to receive another two-game ban for "conduct unbecoming".

Zach Tuohy holds his head after being headbutted by Bailey Smith during Geelong's clash against the Western Bulldogs. Picture: AFL Photos

St Kilda's Brad Crouch received a two-week ban when he and then-Adelaide teammate Tyson Stengle were caught with illicit drugs in September 2020.

A two-week ban would rule Smith out of games against Brisbane and Sydney, on top of the Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn clashes he is already suspended for.

Beveridge believed Smith, who enjoyed a stellar start to the season, would be able to quickly bounce back upon his return, regardless of whether he took time away or stayed with the Bulldogs' training group throughout his suspension.

"Based on history, Bailey values his football future too much. It's part of his identity. He definitely won't let himself go," Beveridge told reporters on Wednesday.

Bailey Smith handballs during the Western Bulldogs' clash against the Gold Coast Suns in round 10, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"We're in constant communication with him on what he can do away from the club. He'll be fine. 

"As we know, he's got to serve the two-week suspension as it is. 

"I've got no doubt that by the time that Bailey's available to play, whatever happens from this route with this current adjudication, that he'll be fit and ready to go. I've got no concerns about that at all."

Beveridge was loath to comment on what Smith's sanction should be but hoped for a quick decision from the AFL.

Bailey Smith in full flight against Sydney in round three on March 31, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Smith is set to return to Whitten Oval on Friday.

"Obviously we're waiting for the AFL's ruling on that," Beveridge said.

"The uncertainty hopefully doesn't last too long and we hear sooner rather than later.

"First time he'll be back in is on Friday and we'll work from there.

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"I haven't spoken to him (since the AFL interview), just giving him his space and some peace.

"But I couldn't tell you how it went because it's obviously pretty sensitive and the AFL have got to make a concerted decision that's the best for everyone really, for the game as much as Bailey and the future."

On Monday, Beveridge called for the AFL illicit drugs policy to be scrapped, querying the value of the three-strike system.

But he was unwilling to add to those comments on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs return to action against GWS on Saturday night, but Beveridge didn't think the turbulent week would affect his team.

In good news for the club on Wednesday, star defender Caleb Daniel re-signed until at least 2026.

Daniel, pick No.46 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, played in the Bulldogs' 2016 premiership and was awarded the Charles Sutton Medal in 2020.