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Macrae looking for another gear in 2019

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Western Bulldogs midfielder Jack Macrae is confident he can take his game to another level in 2019.

The star midfielder had an incredible 2018, where finished as runner-up in the Club’s best and fairest by a solitary vote – despite missing three games with a hamstring injury.

Averaging almost 33 disposals and more than five tackles per game, Macrae was a shining light for the Dogs in a tough season.

But he believes he can find another gear by adding more strings to his bow.

“I pride myself on my performance year-in, year-out and there’s still so many areas for myself to improve which is really exciting,” the 24-year-old told FOX Sports.

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“I’ve always been lucky enough, going back to junior levels, to be able to find it (the footy)"

“Breaking lines, run-and-carry with the ball, kicking a few more goals and setting it up and that leadership side of my game (are things I can improve)

“I’m one of the more experienced boys out on the field now and just growing that side of my game (is important) and helping others along the way as much as possible.”

Frustrated by the injury which hampered him last season, Macrae is using the pre-season to be as prepared as possible for 2019.

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It was the first time the durable midfielder had failed to play 20 matches in a season, since his debut season in 2013.

“I was disappointed last year, I was playing really great, consistent footy and unfortunately got injured. That really stuffed up the middle part of my year,” he said.

“That’s one of my keys, to stay as healthy as possible, and I’m always looking to improve.”

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