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Prudden, Mullenger-McHugh rookied

Inside the Rookie Draft Watch as the Bulldogs make their selections for the 2016 Rookie Draft.

The Western Bulldogs made two selectins in today’s rookie draft, taking 195cm 82kg Eastern Ranges product, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh at pick 18 while retaining Josh Prudden with pick 35.

Mullenger-McHugh played 15 games at TAC Cup level this year, averaging eight disposals, three marks and three tackles per game.

Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple said that the 19-year-old can play either end of the ground.

“We’re rapt to have Nathan on board, he told westernbulldogs.com.au on Monday.

“His speed is elite, he’s got a really good vertical leap and he’s a competitor.”

With their second pick, the Dogs elected to take 22-year-old Josh Prudden.

Prudden gets a second chance after being delisted by the Club in October having played just the four games in four seasons after battling a raft of injuries, including an ACL suffered early in 2016.

“Josh has had some hardships along the way but he’s got some really sound fundamentals, Dalrymple said.

“He just needs a bit of luck with his body and we think he’s got the potential to be a really strong AFL player.”

Drafted as a midfielder that found a home across half-back under Luke Beveridge, Prudden is expected to be fit by the beginning of the season.