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.

Western Bulldogs 2020 Player Movements

2020 Gains
Josh Bruce (St Kilda Saints, 2023), Alex Keath (Adelaide Crows, 2022)
2020 Losses
Tom Boyd (retired), Dale Morris (retired), Liam Picken (retired), Fletcher Roberts (delisted), Lukas Webb (delisted)
Bailey Dale (2022), Caleb Daniel (2022), Tory Dickson (2020), Josh Dunkley (2022), Ryan Gardner (2020), Lachie Hunter (2024), Tom Liberatore (2021), Patrick Lipinski (2021), Aaron Naughton (2024), Callum Porter (2020), Roarke Smith (2020), Matthew Suckling (2020), Jordon Sweet (2020), Laitham Vandermeer (2021), Rhylee West (2022), Bailey Williams (2021), Lachie Young (2020), Lewis Young (2021)
Off Contract 2020
Ben Cavarra, Hayden Crozier, Tory Dickson, Taylor Duryea, Timothy English, Ryan Gardner, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Will Hayes, Lin Jong, Sam Lloyd, Brad Lynch, Callum Porter, Josh Schache, Bailey Smith, Roarke Smith, Matthew Suckling, Jordon Sweet, Jackson Trengove, Easton Wood, Lachie Young

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