First-round draftee Jedd Busslinger couldn’t be happier to be a Bulldog.

Taken with the Club’s first pick – 13 overall – in Monday night’s national draft, the 18-year-old will soon make the cross-country move from WA to Whitten Oval.

Not that it fazes him.

“It’s the home of footy in Melbourne, so that really excites me,” he told

“Coming into the year I knew that I’d be moving away from home, so I feel really prepared and think it’ll just be an awesome challenge and opportunity for me.


“I’m over the moon at the moment. The Bulldogs were the favourites and the team I wanted to go to so I couldn’t be happier.

“I can’t wait to get over and get to work with the boys.”


An attacking key defender from East Perth FC standing at 196cm tall, Busslinger will soon become acquainted with the likes of fellow West Australian and first-rounder Aaron Naughton.

He revealed he was most looking forward to meeting and learning from new his tall teammates.

“I’m a key defender but I sort of play more of an attacking style of footy,” Busslinger said.

“I like to intercept and peel off as much as possible, and then use the ball well out of the back-half to try and stay composed.

“The Dogs probably have the best talls in the competition, so if I can take a little bit from each of those players – that’ll be really good for my development I think.”

The NAB AFL Draft will continue tonight, Tuesday 29 November from 7pm.

The Bulldogs hold picks 24, 39, 60 and 68.