Young defender Jedd Busslinger has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him in red, white and blue until at least the end of 2026.

The Western Australian was selected at Pick 13 in the 2022 National Draft and has played an important role in Footscray’s defensive half this season.

Over the past month, Busslinger has averaged 24 touches and nine marks per game, kicking his first goal in Bulldogs’ colours last weekend.

“The Bulldogs has been a great place to me ever since I walked in the door and I couldn’t be happier to be staying around,” Busslinger said.

“I’m absolutely loving my time here with all the boys and all the coaching staff.

“While I haven’t played a game of AFL yet, I am really confident in myself moving forward.


“I want to be absolutely ready when the opportunity comes and to hold my own at AFL level.”

Western Bulldogs’ General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power was pleased to secure the signature of Busslinger.

“We’re really pleased that Jedd is remaining at Mission Whitten Oval,” Power said.

“Jedd’s shown strong growth over the past 12 months, demonstrating his ability to intercept the ball and distribute well across the back half.

“Jedd has developed a willingness to work extremely hard on his game, particularly his defensive craft alongside our senior players and coaches.

“From the moment he walked in the door, Jedd has been willing to take feedback onboard in order to improve and is driven to become a consistent AFL footballer.

“As a Club, we’re excited to see Jedd continue to develop as a key defender into the future.”