A general view is seen during the round 17 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Dogs to go north once more

The Western Bulldogs will play a home game in Cairns for a seventh straight season in 2017.

The Bulldogs will host the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly’s Stadium on July 22, in Round 18.

The match will be a twilight game, starting at 4.35pm.

The Dogs have played against the Suns in Cairns the past three years and players against Richmond prior to that.

The reigning premiers are so far unbeaten in their six trips to Cazaly’s Stadium.

“North Queensland fans are passionate supporters of Australian football that’s seen through the participation numbers and the AFL talent the region has produced through the likes of Charlie Dixon, Jarrod Harbrow and Zac Smith,”¬†AFL general manager clubs and AFL operations, Travis Auld, said.

“It’s important to the growth of the game that regions, such as North Queensland, have access to the elite competition and see the superstars up close.”

The full 2017 fixture will be released on Thursday.