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Boyd's star rising

Boyd's career-best bag Tom Boyd plays his part in the demolition of the Lions with four goals
Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs marks the ball during the 2015 AFL Round 07 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Tom Boyd is the round 12 NAB AFL Rising Star.
Power forward Tom Boyd has become the latest Western Bulldogs player to receive a Rising Star nomination.
Boyd bagged 4.1 in a thumping 72-point win over the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night, which lifted the Dogs to ninth on the ladder.
The 19-year-old forward had a breakout game of 12 touches and six marks – four of which were contested.
"I suppose I've been feeling like I've been tracking in the right direction throughout the year, so to get a bit of reward on the scoreboard was definitely nice and to cap it off with a win is what we were after," Boyd told
The No.1 pick in the 2013 draft, Boyd was traded by Greater Western Sydney to the Whitten Oval last October in a stunning swap involving former Dogs skipper Ryan Griffen.
His seven-year deal at the Kennel brings the type of scrutiny precious few 19-year-olds have had to deal with.
"Day-to-day I don't think it's a real topic of my thought or my consciousness," Boyd said.
"I think sticking to the task of putting in the strong foundations of what will hopefully be a really strong AFL career in the future is really important.
"That's working on the little things day to day and things that I can put in place that will make me a consistent player."
Boyd played nine games for the Giants and booted eight goals, but as the No.1 tall target for the Dogs he's managed 15 majors from 11 games and provided a pinch-hitting option in the ruck.
While he played with a talent-packed side at GWS, the 200cm big man believes the Dogs' young pups rival the Giants' promise.
Since 2013, the Dogs have had seven Rising Star nominees, the most in the AFL – and are in the running for what would be an unexpected finals berth.
"Obviously a big part of my decision when coming to the club was the exciting list we're building here," Boyd said.
"We've got some work to do and we acknowledge that, but the future is bright if we maintain our resolve and continue to build on the things that we've started to do well.
"We're not specifically focused on how many wins and losses we need to make the eight, but obviously each win is getting us a little bit closer and we'd love to play finals like every club."
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