MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Richmond Tigers legend Kevin Bartlett cheekily tries to sell his own book when introducing journalist Patrick Smith during his book launch for 'Patrick Smith's Sport - Best of 2016-2017' by journalist Patrick Smith on November 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett has boldly stated that Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English will be the game’s premier ruckman in a few years.

English has played every game for the Bulldogs as their primary ruckman this season and impressed with his development, averaging 13.2 disposals, 5.2 marks and 15.2 hitouts.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 14: Callum Sinclair of the Swans and Tim English of the Bulldogs contest the ball during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

And Barlett is already commending the youngster from the potential he has shown in those four games.

“This young kid, in a few years time, we’re talking about Grundy and Naitanui now, this young kid more than likely will be the best ruckman in the competition,” Bartlett told the AFL Nation pre-game show.

“He’s got great athleticism, he’s got beautiful skills, he just needs a bit more experience and a bit more weight and size.

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“In a couple of years he could be one of the absolute stars of the competition.”

English had a particularly impressive breakout performance against Sydney on Saturday, notching 24 hitouts and 16 disposals.

The young Bulldog came back from the pre-season looking much bigger and stronger. Now, his football is doing the talking and he is gaining recognition.