Bulldogs’ defender Bailey Dale has committed his long-term future to the Western Bulldogs, signing a five-year contract extension at the Kennel.

The rebounding defender will wear the red, white and blue until at least the 2027 season, remaining a one-club player after being drafted at Pick 45 in the 2014 National Draft.

“I am really excited to keep playing for this amazing club for the next five seasons,” Dale said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity the Club has given me and was always keen to commit long-term at Whitten Oval.

“The direction the Club is heading is exciting and I’m keen to be a part of that, particularly playing and working alongside a great group of players and staff.

“I’m pleased that the contract is finalised and can now turn my focus to continuing to help us build on-field for the remainder of the season.”

Dale made the switch to defence in early 2021 and hasn’t looked back since, averaging 27 touches and five marks a game.

The 25-year-old’s ability to hit a target and propel the team forward has been a highlight, gaining 605 metres per game this season as a rebound asset.

Bulldogs’ General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power, was elated to keep Dale at VU Whitten Oval into the future.

“We are thrilled to keep Bailey for the next five years,” Power said.

“After starting his career forward, Bailey has transformed into a reliable rebounding defender that provides plenty of dash and excitement in our back half.

“It was pleasing to see Bailey’s hard work rewarded at the end of last season, receiving his first All Australian jacket in his first season as a defender.

“Bailey is a popular teammate and talented individual that continues to have a profound impact on our playing group.

“His long-term commitment to the Bulldogs is a great reflection of the confidence he has in the playing group and the direction we’re heading in as a club.”

Dale has played 97 games and kicked 73 goals for the Bulldogs.