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Prudden was selected with the Dogs’ third round pick (50th overall) in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft. (Photo: Liz Vagg/Western Bulldogs)

The Western Bulldogs have today confirmed that Josh Prudden’s contract hasn’t been renewed for the 2018 AFL season.

The 23-year-old was selected with the Dogs’ third round pick (50th overall) in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft and made his debut in Round 15 2015 against the Gold Coast Suns.

Prudden was delisted at the end of the 2016 season before the Club recommitted to the midfielder in November by picking him in the Rookie Draft.

Hampered by injury, Prudden averaged 12.5 disposals, four marks and two tackles over four AFL career games, and also appeared in 43 VFL games.

Western Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney said Prudden was popular among his teammates and his presence around the club would be missed.

“Josh was the very definition of a great teammate and he should hold his head high for the impact he’s had on the group in his time here,” McCartney said.

“We wish Josh all the best for the future and we thank him for his commitment and dedication to our football club over the journey.”

The Bulldogs have until Tuesday October 31 to lodge their initial 2018 playing list to the AFL.