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September 15, 2017 11:36 AM

Bont: "It will renew our appetite" Marcus Bontempelli spoke to BulldogsTV about his performance this year, as the 2017 season comes to a finish.
AFL 2017 Round 19 - Western Bulldogs v Essendon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goal during the round 19 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on July 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFL Media)

The 21-year-old Bontempelli followed up his stellar 2016 campaign with another standout season for the Club.

Dominating most of the key statistics for the Bulldogs this season, in August Bontempelli was nominated in the extended All Australian Squad for 2017, though missed out on final team selection.

An evolving role saw Bontempelli spend more time closer to goal, kicking 20 majors for the season. 

The stat that mattered:

Bontempelli led the Dogs in total clearances (92) and total goal assists (19) this season. He also was the leading winner in contested marks and tackles averaging 6.3 per game.

What they said.

“I probably made some inroads in some areas of the game that I wanted to improve in but at the same time I probably didn’t get to where I wanted to in areas I targeted as well.

“I think there was growth from a forwards perspective and trying to understand the game forward of the ball and now I’ve got to continue improve in the areas I may not have made as much ground up as I wanted to.”

- Marcus Bontempelli, September 2017.