MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Tim English of the Bulldogs wins the tap out from Stefan Martin of the Lions wbduring the 2017 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on March 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Bulldogs re-sign young ruckman

Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English has signed a contract extension that will see him remain at the club for a further four years.

The 19-year-old’s contract is now extended until the end of the 2020 season, after signing a two-year extension on his current two-year draftee contract.

“Tim was a highly-touted junior ruckman and we’ve been extremely impressed with his first six months at the Club,” Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney said.

“Not only has Tim settled in well and applied himself to his training, but he’s showed strong signs throughout the pre-season and demonstrates terrific attributes for a modern-day ruckman.”

The West Australian was taken at pick 19 in the 2016 AFL National Draft, and was the first ruckman selected on draft day.

“It’s a huge thing the Club’s shown faith in me to firstly pick me in the draft, then to extend the contract,” English said.

“The Club’s been really welcoming and I’m looking to develop those relationships further.

“It does give you a little bit of confidence they see that your development is tracking pretty well… I’m just really looking forward (to the next few years).”

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