Emerging Bulldog Aaron Naughton has signed a long-term deal with the club.
The 19-year-old was only contracted until the end of 2020, but this new deal sees him staying in the Dogs outfit until at least the end of 2024.
The West Australian has been scouted as the next generation to come up through the Bulldogs and his first 21 games have been nothing short of impressive.
Being able to play as both a key forward and key defender, Naughton has become an integral part of the Bulldogs’ lineup, writes the club.
“Aaron is only in his second year at AFL level and is already a critical member of our team. He clearly has a bright future in the game and is only going to keep improving,” Bulldogs list manager Sam Power told the club website.
“His competitiveness, athleticism and ability to take contested marks make him an incredibly valuable player in today’s game. Finishing fourth in our best and fairest last season as a first-year player was an outstanding effort, and we have been excited by the way he can compete at both ends of the ground.”
“We believe the re-signing demonstrates Aaron’s belief in the Club and where we are heading, as we continue to build for success as a Club,” Power said.
Naughton’s signing followed re-signings of premiership players Marcus Bontempelli and Lachie Hunter last month as well as emerging players Pat Lipinski, Lachie Young and Fergus Greene.
Naughton saw no reason for him not to sign on with Club as he declares his love for it.
“We’re a really young side that are really starting to gel together. I think we’ve already shown early in the year that when we do bring our best footy, it’s pretty exciting to watch and it’s good fun to go out there and play.
“It’s pretty special to me to be able to live out what I dreamed of as a kid. For the Bulldogs to give me the opportunity to play for their Club, I just want to repay the faith.”