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Five takeaways: King press conference

Troy Daniel  March 10, 2018 10:20 PM

Post Match | King Press Conference (JLT2) Steven King spoke to the media after the Western Bulldogs' JLT Series loss to Collingwood in Moe on Saturday.

Stand-in coach Steven King addressed the media after the Bulldogs 33-point loss to Collingwood in Moe on Saturday afternoon, and westernbulldogs.com.au lists the five key takeaways.

1. Jordan Roughead looks to be ok after a bit of a scare

The big man fell awkwardly early on and would eventually sit out the second half, though only as a precaution.

‘’He just slipped on the cricket pitch, [and] copped a couple of knocks to the hip – it just stiffened up on him so at half time we thought there’s not point taking any risk today.

‘’He’s ok. For a precaution we thought we’d take him off for the second half and make sure we manage him ok.’

2. The recruitment of Jackson Trengove continues to look inspired

The former Port Adelaide best and fairest submitted a second impressive performance in as many outings in Bulldogs colours, picking up 24 touches to go along with 19 hit-outs, and critically stepped up in Roughead’s absence.

‘’I thought Jackson Trengove stood up really well.  He gave us that bit of presence around the footy, competed on the ground and in the air and gave  all Bulldogs supporters a bit of a taste of what he’ll bring to us this year.”

3. Draftee Aaron Naughton has made a strong case for the trip to Canberra

Took a team-high eight marks and collected 13 possessions in another solid display down back by the 18-year-old.  Looks to be firming for a Round 1 debut.

‘’He just keeps impressing.  It’s his second game for us obviously, and I think he had seven intercept marks himself.  He’s got courage, he launches at the footy at the highest point and as a defender it’s a great quality. 

‘’He’s obviously still got heaps of scope to improve but it’s a really exciting pick for us, and he’s put his best foot forward today to play Round 1.’’

4. Shane Biggs and Caleb Daniel should be available for Round 1

Both Biggs and Daniel were late withdrawals after being named in the initial squad on Thursday, though both are expected to be available for selection when the real stuff begins in a couple of weeks.  

‘’[Caleb] had a bit of food poisoning.  We got to the Club Friday and the doc said he’d rung up sick, so unfortunately him and Shane Biggs were late outs with a little bit of illness and soreness but they’d be fine to come back next week if there were a game.’’

5. What happens now?

There’s 15 days between now and the Dogs’ opening round clash with the Giants, and the focus will be on ensuring each player is ready to go if picked.

‘’The boys that didn’t play today had a five quarter hit-out at VU Whitten Oval today, trying to replicate the same workload that the boys here (in Moe) would have had. 

‘’We’ll just look at the balance to see who needs the run, our VFL team will have a game on, so whoever we think needs a game we’ll work back from that to get the best side possible for Round 1.’’