MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Bailey Dale of the Bulldogs kicks a goal during the 2018 AFL round six match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on April 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs have extended the stay of their in-form goalkicker Bailey Dale, keeping hold of him through to the end of 2022.

After playing only three games in the first 17 rounds Dale has since helped push the Dogs into the finals.

Dale has kicked 20 goals in the last six weeks including five each against St Kilda and Adelaide.

“I love playing for this club and it’s a privilege every time I get to pull on the jumper,” Dale told the club website.

“We’ve got a lot of guys in the same age bracket and the banter’s always pretty good, and I just enjoy coming to work every day and being around these boys."

“I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We’re a young group and we’re playing some good footy at the moment. I love the way we play our footy and I want to be a big part of that going forward.”

Bulldogs list manager Sam Power has praised the 23-year old for an excellent finish to the regular season.

“It’s been pleasing to see him get some continuity back into his football after an injury-affected 2018 to become an important contributor in our forward line,” Power said.

“As a forward, Bailey is strong in the air and at ground level. His work in the forward half and ability to kick goals has been one of the reasons for our increased scoring late in the season.”