Dogs' No. 1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan will stay at the kennel for another two years after extending his contract until the end of 2024.
Ugle-Hagan told the Western Bulldogs it "doesn’t feel real (playing AFL)" and he is "still getting used to the team around [him]."
"You watch these guys on TV and now you’re playing with them," Ugle-Hagan said.
“It’s an unreal moment and I’m excited to re-sign for another two years.”
Marra is just getting started ✊
Get his reaction to signing on at the Kennel. pic.twitter.com/7cJzOEvUuC
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) August 5, 2021
The highly-skilled and athletic key-forward had a slower start to his AFL career, missing out on senior selection until Round 17, however has gone on to play three more games with the Dogs, kicking six goals in the process.
The young star widely tipped to go number one in the AFL draft isn't shying away from comparisons to Buddy Franklin. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan will end up at the Western Bulldogs, but the Adelaide Crows could now make them pay a hefty price. @SeanSowerby7 #7AFL #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/c2DApwEuWv
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) December 2, 2020
General Manager of List Management and Football Projects Sam Power said they have "been really pleased with Jamarra’s development over the course of the season” and were "excited to have him locked in until the end of 2024."
“Jamarra has shown plenty of encouraging signs at AFL level. His athleticism, agility and marking ability have been on display, and he’s made the most of his opportunities in front of goal," he said.
Ugle-Hagan did not play any football during his draft year and said "it was a massive step up."
The young Dog had to work on his fitness and develop his game style at VFL level before breaking into the senior side.
“It’s a good thing that I played VFL, because I know I’ve got room to improve. Obviously 'Bevo' knew what he was doing and put me in the twos for a while… I’ve developed, got better and now I’m playing (AFL) which is good,” Ugle-Hagan said.
Ugle-Hagan will line-up for the Bulldogs on Sunday as the face the Bombers at Marvel Stadium in a bid to extend their streak atop the ladder.