MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Luke Goetz of the Bulldogs marks during a Western Bulldogs AFL pre-season training session at Whitten Oval on December 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Bulldogs sack rookie Luke Goetz

 The Western Bulldogs have sacked young ruckman Luke Goetz mid-way through the season for failing to meet professional standards.

The Herald Sun reports that the 18-year-old “was banished to train with the VFL squad earlier this year and caused frustration at the Dogs for consistent punctuality issues”.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Luke Goetz of the Bulldogs marks during a Western Bulldogs AFL pre-season training session at Whitten Oval on December 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 15: Luke Goetz of the Bulldogs marks during a Western Bulldogs AFL pre-season training session at Whitten Oval on December 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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The Bulldogs released the following statement a short time ago confirming the news:

“The Western Bulldogs have this week released rookie Luke Goetz from his current playing contract.
 
The 18-year-old leaves the Club after finding the demands of AFL football too challenging and will instead turn his immediate focus to completing a university degree.
 
GM Football Graham Lowe said, “after some promising early signs, Luke had difficulties finding his feet in an elite AFL program.”

“It was mutually agreed that the level of commitment required to be an AFL player was too difficult for Luke at this stage of his life.
 
“The Club had worked with Luke, his management and family throughout the season to help him consistently meet professional standards, and will continue to provide ongoing support for him from a welfare perspective.”
 
“We wish Luke the best for his upcoming endeavours and hope it will include finding the passion to stay in the game at any level into the future.”
 
Goetz was selected with pick 29 in the 2015 AFL rookie draft.”

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