PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Ryan Gardner, Alex Keath and Stefan Martin of the Bulldogs in action during the Western Bulldogs training session at Optus Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

In his seventh season in the AFL, defender Alex Keath has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the Bulldogs until the end of 2024.

The key defender has been a solid contributor to the Dogs since moving from Adelaide in 2020.

As part of the announcement, Bulldogs' GM of List Management and Recruiting, Sam Power, expressed his delight in re-signing the 31-year-old.

“Since crossing over from the Crows, Alex has proved a consistent performer in our backline with reliable performances on some of the best forwards in the game,” said Power.

“His professional standards on and off the field set a strong benchmark for our young players, finishing inside the top six of the Club's best and fairest during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

“Alex remains an important part of the Bulldogs defence and we're pleased he's staying on into the 2024 season.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Ryan Gardner, Alex Keath and Stefan Martin of the Bulldogs in action during the Western Bulldogs training session at Optus Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

So far in 2023, the Dogs have signed six players with Cody Weightman, Ed Richards, Sam Darcy, Oskar Baker, Laitham Vandermeer and Ryan Gardner all committing to the club.

The Bulldogs still have a few players remaining without a contract at the season's end. Key names such as Josh Bruce, Bailey Williams and Taylor Duryea are yet to lock in their futures beyond 2023.