Billy Dee Smith Re-signs With Buffalo

Billy Dee Smith is back with the Bandits.

According to the representatives for Smith on twitter (@BainbridgeSport) and Dave Buchanan (@WGRFastTrack), the former NLL All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year has re-signed with the club, ending a lengthy holdout.

The signing comes just a little over a week after the team was able to re-sign forward Luke Wiles, who just so happens to be represented by the same agency.

Smith is coming off a down year that saw him finish with just a goal and an assist. He also picked up only 40 loose balls which is tied for the second lowest amount in his 10 year career. His lowest, 24 loose balls, came back in his rookie season in 2003.

With Smith back in the fold, it once again brings up the question of if he will be named the team’s new captain.

The captaincy of the team was left vacant after, now, former Bandit Chris White signed a free agent contract with Toronto during the offseason. There was a lot of speculation that Smith was next in line due to head coach Darris Kilgour’s history of having his captain’s coming out of the back door. However, that plan might have changed once it became clear that Smith was going to hold out come the start of training camp.

Neverless, having him back with the team for the 2013 season can only benefit the Bandits as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2012 campaign whether he gets the captaincy or not.

Stay tuned for more on Smith’s signing as it becomes available.

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