MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Clay Smith of the Bulldogs celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Clay Smith signs one-year contract extension

Clay Smith has signed a one-year contract extension with the Western Bulldogs.

Smith, who recovered from three knee reconstructions to play a starring role in the Bulldogs’ final series, played 13 games this season, including the Grand Final.

“To be a premiership player with a great bunch of people, and then sign an extension, I can’t think of a more happier time in football,” Smith told the club’s website.

“My challenges have been well-documented, but it makes it all worthwhile when get to experience what we have over the past few weeks. I’m just rapt.”

Smith has played a total of 47 games since being recruited with pick No.17 in the 2011 AFL Draft.