With the 2022 Draft period coming to an end on Wednesday, see how the Bulldogs fared with their three picks.
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Jedd Busslinger, pick 13
The Bulldogs welcomed key defender Jedd Busslinger from East Perth with their first selection in the draft.
A proactive back with strong hands and impressive aerial abilities, he possesses the perfect combination of intercept making and ball use by foot.
He earned U18 All Australian selection – despite playing just two U18 Championship games – and was widely regarded as the best key defender in the pool.
“He only played the first two games of the National Championships because he had a shoulder injury, which he was carrying the whole year,” Bulldogs’ National Recruiting Manager Dom Milesi told the recruiting team pre-draft.
“In terms of his ability to read the play and peel off to intercept mark - he’s outstanding.
“That’s probably his biggest strength.”
Charlie Clarke, pick 24
With their second pick, the Bulldogs selected hard-working small forward Charlie Clarke from the Sandringham Dragons.
Slotting 29 goals in 15 games for the Dragons – including seven majors in one outing alone – his craft, tenacity and goal sense is impressive.
Averaging 19 disposals, four inside 50s and three tackles per game, the 18-year-old also has the versatility to move into the midfield and showcase his ball-winning abilities.
“He loves footy – he’s a hard worker,” Milesi said in pre-draft discussion meetings.
“He’s very energetic - he’s a big celebrator too. He gets blokes up and about.
“He’d be that sort of person at the club.”
Harvey Gallagher, pick 39
Bendigo Pioneers captain Harvey Gallagher became the Bulldogs’ third pick of the 2022 draft.
A versatile defender who can also play as a small forward or midfielder, the 19-year-old tore the league apart after a late-season switch to the backline.
He averaged 35 disposals from five games in defence to claim the Pioneers best and fairest award in his over-age year, possessing an impressive work rate and ability to accumulate the ball.
“Harvey actually missed out on the draft last year – there was some talk mid-season that he might get an opportunity as a small forward but missed out again,” Milesi explained in the Dogs’ recruiting team pre-draft discussions.
“Bendigo moved him to a running defender role in the last 6-8 weeks of the year, and he excelled.
“His work rate is exceptional. He has shown he can play forward as well, but I think we’d be looking at him more as that running defender.”