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 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
Oskar Baker (Melbourne Demons, 2023), Jedd Busslinger (2024), Charlie Clarke (2024), Harvey Gallagher (2024), Liam Jones (2025), Rory Lobb (Fremantle Dockers, 2026), James O'Donnell (2023), Caleb Poulter (Collingwood Magpies, 2023)
2023 Losses
Louis Butler (delisted), Zaine Cordy (St Kilda Saints), Josh Dunkley (Brisbane Lions), Lachie Hunter (Melbourne Demons), Stefan Martin (retired), Charlie Parker (delisted), Josh Schache (Melbourne Demons), Mitch Wallis (delisted)
Dominic Bedendo (2023), Bailey Dale (2027), Caleb Daniel (2026), Taylor Duryea (2023), Tim English (2024), Riley Garcia (2024), Mitch Hannan (2023), Jason Johannisen (2024), Buku Khamis (2023), Jack Macrae (2027), Robbie McComb (2023), Toby McLean (2023), Cody Raak (2023), Bailey Smith (2024), Cody Weightman (2025), Rhylee West (2024)
Off Contract 2023
Oskar Baker, Dominic Bedendo, Josh Bruce, Hayden Crozier, Taylor Duryea, Mitch Hannan, Alex Keath, Buku Khamis, Robbie McComb, Toby McLean, Lachlan McNeil, Tim O'Brien, James O'Donnell, Caleb Poulter, Cody Raak, Anthony Scott, Roarke Smith, Jordon Sweet, Laitham Vandermeer, Bailey Williams

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