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Season Review: Toby McLean

McLean: "I thought I had a big improvement" Toby McLean spoke to BulldogsTV about his performance this year, as the 2017 season comes to a finish.
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BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Toby McLean of the Bulldogs in action during the 2017 AFL round 22 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Port Adelaide Power at Mars Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Toby McLean played 19 games in 2017.

In a terrific third season for the midfielder, McLean’s best game came in Round 16 against Adelaide. McLean was the Bulldogs’ best player on the night with eight clearances, three inside-50’s, eight tackles and a career-high 32 possessions.

In Round 14, in the Bulldogs’ one-point victory over North Melbourne, McLean was among the best with six clearances, three inside-50s and 13 score involvements.

Stat that mattered:

Spending more time in the midfield in 2017, McLean averaged 22.4 disposals, significantly up on his 2016 season (17.3).

What they said.

“I thought I had a big improvement personally this year.

“Moving into the midfield and getting more involved around the ball, it’s probably become my number one role this year, coming second to being a forward. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I worked on my fitness in pre-season so I could run out games to the last quarter and also on my strength, hitting the gym quite hard and trying to get bigger and stronger.”