MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs (L) and Jason Johannisen celebrates the win on the final siren during the round 21 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Dogs star Jake Stringer axed

Western Bulldogs star Jake Stringer has been dropped from the side to face Essendon on Sunday afternoon.

Stringer has struggled for form recently, managing just four goals over the past month.

The talented forward was named on an extended bench in the Bulldogs’ 25-man squad when teams were released on Thursday, however, he will make way for one of  Toby McLeanKoby StevensWill Minson or Roarke Smith, who were all inclusions for this week’s game.

The 22-year-old was in sublime form earlier in the year, booting 20 goals in the opening eight rounds, however, he has failed to recapture that form in the back half of the season and Luke Beveridge has finally has enough.