Western Bulldogs midfielder James Harmes is relishing his time in the red, white and blue.

The 28-year-old, who crossed from Melbourne during last year’s Trade Period, made a solid impact in his sixth outing for the club, finishing with two critical goals from 18 disposals.

“Last year I had a pretty tough year both on and off the field, so to find some form again at AFL (level) is really pleasing,” Harmes said post-match.


“I’m just loving the group and the boys. I love this club.”

Harmes has now slotted six goals in two games, highlighting the Dogs’ spread of scoreboard contributors in recent weeks.

At the opposite end of the ground, the Bulldogs’ back six – led by stalwarts Liam Jones and Taylor Duryea – were just as solid.

“It’s a huge win – I feel like we’re building momentum,” Harmes said.

“To come up here and get the win is massive for the club.

“It was probably one of the best games we’ve defended. Liam Jones, Alex Keath, even young Joely were all awesome down there.

“We’ll go again against Sydney – it’s another big task for us, but I think we’re starting to get it.”

The Bulldogs will host the Swans at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night, in the second week of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.