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Stringer and Macrae sign new deals

Macrae and Stringer sign new deals Jack Macrae and Jake Stringer speak to BulldogsTV about extending their contracts with the Western Bulldogs.
Bulldog's Jack Macrae celebrates with team mate Jake Stringer during the 2014 AFL round 03 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on April 05, 2014. (Photo: David Callow/AFL Media)
Jack Macrae and Jake Stringer have signed long-term contract extensions.

Jake Stringer and Jack Macrae are the latest Bulldogs to commit to the Club after agreeing to contract extensions this week.

Following the signatures of Jordan Roughead and Luke Dahlhaus earlier this month, Stringer and Macrae have committed to the Western Bulldogs until the end of the 2018 season.

Stringer and Macrae, both drafted to the Bulldogs in 2012 with pick five and six respectively, have shown promising signs to date — Macrae finishing runner up in the Club’s best and Fairest award, and Stringer booting 26 goals including bags of four or more on five occasions in 2014.

List Manager Jason McCartney said while Stringer and Macrae have displayed some impressive form in their young careers, he is most optimistic about the scope for further improvement of both players.

“Both Jack and Jake have displayed encouraging signs in the early parts of their careers, and although they have really just scratched the surface of their potential, both young men are integral parts of our future,” McCartney said.

Macrae, who averaged 27 possessions per game in just his second season last year, said he was looking forward to continuing with the Dogs’ for another three years.

“It was a pretty easy decision as soon as it was put forward I was pretty keen to sign it and put it away.

“We’ve got a pretty tight knit young group here and everyone’s got a great vibe.

Macrae said he was glad to be continuing his journey with Stringer and looked forward to building towards future success.

“We got drafted together and that was a great night for us so to keep it going and sign on together at the same time, and hopefully play a lot of footy together in the future and build something really terrific for the Club.”

Stringer was optimistic about the Club’s prospects and said he and his teammates are focussed on driving the Club forward.

“I want to stay here for the rest of my career so it was an easy decision to stay with the Club.

“We’ve got an exciting group, in the next two or three years, hopefully we’ve got 60 or 70 games under our belt and hopefully we can strive towards something great.”