BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs kicks during the round 20 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at The Gabba on August 04, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Western Bulldogs have locked away Matthew Suckling, as the veteran defender signed a one-year extension on Tuesday to remain at Whitten Oval.

The 31-year-old has played 66 games for the Dogs since moving over from Hawthorn after the 2015 season, and is excited to remain at the club.

“It’s always nice to sign an extension, and I’ve loved my move across from Hawthorn,” Suckling told the club’s website today.

“I’m really enjoying my time here under Bevo and we’re playing some good footy at the moment, so I’m excited about staying around.

“I feel like we’re building something pretty special.

“It’s a young group of guys who are really developing and I think we’re seeing that, especially in the second half of the year. Hopefully that keeps building and there’s exciting times ahead.”

Suckling’s signature means the Dogs now have 11 players off-contract at the end of the season, including the likes of Bailey Dale, Bailey Williams and Roarke Smith.

Bulldogs 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
Mitch Hannan (Melbourne Demons, 2022), Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions, 2022), Adam Treloar (Collingwood Magpies, 2025)
2021 Losses
Tory Dickson (retired), Billy Gowers (delisted), Fergus Greene (delisted), Brad Lynch (delisted), Callum Porter (delisted), Matthew Suckling (delisted), Jackson Trengove (delisted), Lachie Young (North Melbourne Kangaroos)
Re-Signed
Ryan Gardner (2021), Lin Jong (2021), Jordon Sweet (2021), Easton Wood (2022)
Off Contract 2021
Marcus Bontempelli, Zaine Cordy, Ryan Gardner, Lin Jong, Tom Liberatore, Patrick Lipinski, Ed Richards, Jordon Sweet, Laitham Vandermeer, Mitch Wallis, Bailey Williams, Lewis Young

Check out the Dogs’ full and updated contracts list here.