Emerging defender Luke Cleary has signed a two-year contract extension at the Western Bulldogs, keeping the youngster at the Club until at least the end of 2025.

The 21-year-old has played four games of senior football since joining the Bulldogs in 2021, selected at Pick 61 in the National Draft.

The Sandringham junior has impressed at VFL level, using his elite foot skills and ability to read the play to contribute strongly for the Footscray side. 

Cleary couldn’t be more excited to remain at the Kennel for a further two seasons.


“I’m really thankful to the Club for giving me the opportunity to sign on for two more seasons,” Cleary said.

“To have that security and show of faith was really important to me and I can’t wait to continue to improve as a footballer in the next few years.

“We’ve got an exciting young group of players that continue to push for higher honours in the AFL side, with some great coaching staff that are eager to help us progress.”

Bulldogs’ GM of List Management and Recruiting, Sam Power, was delighted to have Cleary recommit his future to the Bulldogs.

“Luke is a promising young defender that has shown plenty of positive signs across a handful of games at AFL level and in the VFL,” Power said.

“His development over a short period displays Luke’s desire to improve as a footballer, learning his craft from some of the best defenders in the competition.”

“Luke is a humble and popular teammate, and we can’t wait to see him grow as a player and person over the next couple of years.”