Western Bulldogs key forward Aaron Naughton is excited by the prospect of lining up alongside two talls more often in 2023.

The Bulldogs explored a three-pronged attack on a handful of occasions last year – mainly once Josh Bruce returned from an ACL injury late in the season – but with the addition of Rory Lobb in the 2022 trade period, that set-up is expected to be a more common occurrence.

“The three of us (myself, Lobb, Ugle-Hagan) are all dangerous players – a few Clubs probably do have three key defenders, but they are all going to be occupied by one of us in our forward-line which is really exciting,” Naughton told 7 News on Sunday night.

“The better Jamarra becomes, the more it will help me and vice-versa – the better I become, the more it will help him.

“He’s got a really level-head now and has matured a lot.”


This pre-season has had a strong focus on connection and relationship-building, which Naughton said has been received well.

“It’s been awesome to have a few more deeper conversations with your teammates and really get to know them – rather than just those surface-level locker room chats,” he said.

The Bulldogs will take part in an intraclub match simulation this Saturday morning at Mars Stadium.