Western Bulldogs vice-captain Jack Macrae says it was a no-brainer to commit to the Kennel.
Macrae signed a five-year contract extension on Monday morning, keeping him at the Bulldogs until at least 2027, and is on track to finishing his career as a one-club player.
“For me, it was a pretty simple and easy decision - I always wanted to have a long career here and hopefully finish my career here, so it was pretty easy-going with Sam (Power) and my management,” Macrae told media post-training.
“Throughout my whole career, I’ve seen it as such a privilege to come here, and I really value the fact I can hopefully become a one-club player.
“When I got drafted that’s what I wanted to be, and along my career I’ve been very fortunate to have some great memories and moments with people at the club.
“Obviously I’m very committed to the club – it’s good to have long-term (job) security. It’s an exciting club to be part of, and we’ve got such a young and growing group to hopefully be around for future success over the next couple of years.”
Since being drafted with pick six in 2012, Macrae has added a number of accolades to his already decorated career including three All Australian blazers, 186 games and a premiership.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back from their season-opening loss when they host Carlton on Thursday night.
In a strange twist of events however, Ash Hansen will step up as Carlton senior coach against the very club he spent the last eight years in a number of assistant coaching roles with.
Macrae was full of praise for the former forwards coach, and is looking forward to the challenge of facing Carlton.
“It’s going to be a pretty important game,” Macrae said.
“It’s a great feather in (Ash’s) cap – we we’re gutted to lose him because he’s such a great coach, but also a great person.
“It probably hasn’t come in the best circumstances with Michael Voss...and I’m sure he’ll have a few insights into us, but hopefully his first game isn’t a win.
“He was just very approachable - he loved to have a bit of fun with the boys too, but his footy knowledge was second to none. He had a great balance between teaching and the personal side as well.”