Bulldogs utility Bailey Williams has recommitted to the Western Bulldogs for a further four seasons after signing a contract extension earlier this week.
The 25-year-old will be in red, white and blue until at least the end of the 2027 season, turning his back on free agency to remain at the Kennel.
Arriving in 2015, Williams was taken at Pick 48 in the National Draft as a defender before becoming a versatile option in Luke Beveridge’s squad.
Playing all 23 games this season, Williams was deployed largely on the wing, kicking a career-high 11 goals and averaging 17 touches per game.
Williams was pleased to commit to the Club long-term in a show of faith to the current program.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me in the end,” Williams said.
“I’ve built a lot of close friendships since coming here eight years ago and I’ve loved my time at the Bulldogs so far.”
“I still feel like there is some exciting times ahead for us, and we’re all hungry for more success after a disappointing finish to this season.”
“It’s a really tight group and we’re all looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season in the next few weeks.”
Bulldogs’ General Manager of List and Recruiting Sam Power was pleased to retain Williams into the future.
“Bailey has proved a consistent and durable performer over the past few seasons, playing every game during the recent campaign,” Power said.
“His ability to play any role that the team requires makes him a valuable asset in the 22, playing on the wing and in defence during large parts of 2023.”
“Having played eight seasons of AFL football, we feel Bailey is coming into his prime as a player and our supporters should be excited about what he can produce for the next four years.”
Williams joins Caleb Poulter in signing fresh contracts at the Bulldogs this week.