MITCH Wallis has made a successful return from a badly broken leg with a starring performance in the VFL on Friday night.
The 23-year-old racked up the ball at will through the midfield in 90 minutes of game time, finishing with 34 disposals, 11 tackles and three goals in Footscray's 124-point win over North Ballarat at Whitten Oval.
Wallis told AFL.com.au post match that returning to the field after nine months on the sidelines was "pretty special."
"I was a little bit nervous before the game, but I couldn’t wait to get out there," Wallis said.
"I was able to play with freedom, which was nice, because I got tackled a few times and made a few tackles and (my leg) didn't really cross my mind.
"It's a foundation and hopefully I can build on that from here."
While he "blew the cobwebs out" with style, Wallis conceded he'd probably need to play another game in the VFL before being considered for senior selection.
"I’m assuming (the club) wants me to get through a full game in the VFL next week first," he said.
"In terms of how I feel, I'm ready (to play senior footy), but I'll just go by the physiotherapist's call and (Luke Beveridge's) call."
In further good news for the Bulldogs, Tory Dickson made a successful return from an abdominal injury, while Shane Biggs responded to being dropped for the second time in a month with a busy evening.
Dickson kicked three goals from 16 possessions and Biggs racked up a game-high 35 touches across half-back.
Third-year midfielder Lukas Webb put forward another strong case for a senior recall, collecting 32 possessions, seven inside 50s and a goal.