Bulldogs close to extending Tim English’s contract


“He lives with Aaron Naughton and is very happy there living with another WA boy who has signed up to the club long-term.”

English, who is contracted until the end of 2020, is expected to extend his time with the Bulldogs until at least the end of 2022 after locking in Naughton until 2024 in April.

The developing ruckman has already played 21 games with the Bulldogs, impressing with his athleticism and ability to get around the ground. He proved dangerous in attack against Carlton in round 13 when he kicked two vital goals and is expected to improve as he adds strength and weight to his thin frame.

The Bulldogs are one of the few clubs in recent seasons to use a top 20 pick on a ruckman, with Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy – who is one of the game’s best players – going at pick No.18 in 2012.

English has shouldered a heavy load and showed he was worth the first round pick with the Bulldogs patient in managing his progress.

The Bulldogs will meet Geelong this Saturday night in a clash that could determine whether they remain a live chance to make finals for the first time since they won the 2016 flag.



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