Michael Thompson - TheCoventryEnd.com
The Western Bulldogs hands down were the biggest surprise packet in 2015. After a 2014 to forget where anarchy reigned at the Kennel with the coach and captain sent packing, they turned it around big in 2015 and played finals for the first time since 2010.
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Ben McKay Gippsland Power/VIC Country
Ben McKay is the twin brother of Harry McKay and is a key defender standing at 200cm tall. Very versatile in the way he plays, Ben uses his height advantage to stem the play and can utilise position on the ground.
McKay can also be used as a backup ruck and is definitely someone the Western Bulldogs would use as a 2nd to Jordan Roughead. McKay is going to work on his footy smarts on field, and needs to vastly improve on rebounding position.
Other likely picks
Western Bulldogs would definitely be looking at David Cuningham as an inside midfielder. Cuningham uses his speed to his ability, and would be a formidable asset to the Bulldogs young stock of players.
North Melbourne will look to secure young speedster Jade Gresham, but don’t be surprised if the Bulldogs look at more of a middle ground in the NAB AFL draft. They’ve got enough forward stocks in Tom Boyd, Jake Stringer and Marcus Bontempelli, an aging looking midfield of Murphy, Morris and Liberatore. The Bulldogs will look dangerous with a youthful looking midfield to accommodate their forwards and compliment their defenders.
Where does this leave them?
The Bulldogs will need to look at more defenders, as an aging backline is the key problem plaguing the kennel. With the midfield and forward stocks looking strong, with the acquisition of Matt Suckling from Hawthorn will help, but is part a of the problem they already have.