Ryley Sanders and Lindsay Gilbee at the 2023 AFL Draft (Image via the Western Bulldogs)

The eight newest Western Bulldogs have learned which numbers will be strapped on their backs for the 2024 season, with the highlight coming via a piece of father-son symmetry.

Trade period acquisitions Nick Coffield (St Kilda) and James Harmes (Melbourne) will commence the second chapter of their careers wearing new numbers, with the former Saint to wear Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney's No.17 guernsey, while the premiership-winning Demon is set to call locker 22 his own.

Former Hawk Lachie Bramble will take on the number of another ex-Demon in Mitch Hannan, with the rebounder to wear 29 in 2014.

Luke Beveridge's latest litter of pups will start their careers scattered across the locker room, with Ryley Sanders (9), Joel Freijah (27), Aiden O'Driscoll (37) and Lachie Smith (40) all earning their stripes on Friday.

However, it was the announcement that the Bulldogs' latest father-son selection Jordan Croft would be wearing his father Matthew's No.16 guernsey that had old Dogs beaming.

Between 1991 and 2004, Matthew wore the red, white and blue on 186 occasions, 175 of which came with 16 stitched on his back, creating a legacy for his highly-rated son to live up to and continue.

FULL LIST OF WESTERN BULLDOGS NUMBERS FOR THE 2024 SEASON

1 Adam Treloar
2 Jamarra Ugle-Hagan
3 Cody Weightman
4 Marcus Bomtempelli
5 Jedd Busslinger
6 Bailey Smith
7 Rory Lobb
8 Charlie Clarke
9 Ryley Sanders
10 Sam Darcy
11 Jack Macrae
12 Harvey Gallagher
13 Oskar Baker
14 Rhylee West
15 Taylor Duryea
16 Jordan Croft
17 Nick Coffield
18 James O'Donnell
19 Liam Jones
20 Ed Richards
21 Tom Liberatore
22 James Harmes
23 Laitham Vandermeer
24 Buku Khamis
25 Caleb Poulter
26 Dominic Bedendo
27 Joel Freijah
28 Anthony Scott
29 Lachie Bramble
30 Lachlan McNeil
31 Bailey Dale
32 Arthur Jones
33 Aaron Naughton
34 Bailey Williams
35 Caleb Daniel
36 Luke Cleary
37 Aiden O'Driscoll
38 Riley Garcia
39 Jason Johannisen
40 Lachie Smith
41 Vacant
42 Alex Keath
43 Ryan Gardner
44 Tim English