Premiership Pup Jason Johannisen has revealed that off-field aspirations played a part in his choice to remain in red, white and blue for a further two seasons.

Having entered the 2022 season without a contract to stay on at the Whitten Oval, rival suitors naturally emerged for the Norm Smith medalist's services.

However, after rising from the rookie list to taste premiership glory as a Bulldog, the dashing defender-turned-defensive forward claimed his preference was always to continue on at the Kennel.

"I always wanted to stay at the Bulldogs," Johannisen told Fox Sports on Monday.

"I'm so happy here. I've spent pretty much my entire adult life here, and I was just patient that a deal would get done.

"Obviously, there was a bit of interest around, but at the end of the day, I couldn't be more wrapped to be here for another two years."

Johannisen inked his dual season extension with the club last September, a decision that saw the potential free agent turn down a deal tabled by the Gold Coast Suns.

At 30, the South African-born speedster is edging toward the twilight of his league career. And while this truth may leave many of his contemporaries sweating, Johannisen already has an eager eye on the future.

Though the 176-game veteran still has a role to play ahead of the ball for Luke Beveridge's side, the pressure forward revealed that he has already commenced conversations on how he can serve the club away from the playing field.

As a small business owner with roots in several spheres, Johannisen expressed that he held a desire to help bolster the Bulldogs' standing within the local community.

"It's going to be pretty diverse, I reckon," Johannisen said of what the future held for him on Barkly Street.

"I want to be into player development (and) mentoring. We do a lot of work in the Community Foundation here at the Bulldogs, so a bit of everything, I guess."

While the Bulldogs' base in the West is currently undergoing a seismic overhaul, the club's Community Foundation, Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans remain key pillars of the contemporary club.

Yet, Johannisen will be hopeful of reaching his 200-game and claiming a second flag before making the transition over the boundary line.

Beveridge's side is set to commence their 2023 campaign when they face Melbourne at the MCG on March 18.