Western Bulldogs utility Dom Bedendo will make his AFL debut on Thursday night against Brisbane.
It is a welcomed reward for the 19-year-old, who has put in a mountain of work with Footscray in the VFL to ready himself for a senior opportunity.
From his nine state-league matches this year, he has slotted six goals while averaging 14 disposals, five marks and two tackles, with development manager Jamie Maddocks breaking the news to the playing group after their Tuesday morning training session.
"I can't really explain how I'm feeling - I'm just buzzing. I can't fathom what's happening right now, but can't wait," Bedendo said.
"The longer I've waited the more I've wanted it, so now that it's finally happening it's just pure joy. I've been improving while working on the things I need to work on, so the VFL program and all the coaches there have helped me so much.
"I love the boys here - there isn't a better feeling at the moment. I'm just so grateful for the opportunity."
Known for his aerial and contested marking, athleticism and endurance, the Myrtleford teenager has the ability to play on the wing or up forward.
Bedendo was selected with pick 55 in the 2020 National Draft from the Murray Bushrangers.
He becomes the Bulldogs’ third debutant in 2022, joining Luke Cleary and Robbie McComb.
Bedendo is fresh off signing a new contract to keep him at VU Whitten Oval until at least the end of the 2023 season.