Exciting first-year player Rhylee West has re-signed with the Western Bulldogs for two more seasons.
The 19-year-old – who was due to come out of contract at the end of 2020 – will now remain in red, white and blue until at least the end of 2022.
“I think we’re building something special in this playing group and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to be a part of it,” West said.
“I feel like I’ve been able to play some strong footy in the VFL and then to make my AFL debut against Fremantle was an amazing feeling.
“We’ve got a great bunch of boys here and I can’t wait for the next three years.”
West made his AFL debut against Fremantle in round 19, collecting 14 disposals and kicking a goal.
He has spent time in the midfield and up forward at VFL level for Footscray, averaging 20 disposals across his 14 games – including a 29-disposal, four-goal game last week against Essendon.
General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power, said West had a bright future.
“Rhylee has really grown since joining the Club and it’s pleasing to lock him in for two more years,” Power said.
“He is competitive and hard at the ball, with the ability to burst away from stoppages. As a forward, he has also been able to provide pressure and impact the scoreboard.
“Rhylee handled himself really well in his first taste of AFL football, and has been strong at VFL level throughout the season.
“We’re excited about what he can produce in the years to come.”
West joined the Bulldogs with pick 26 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and is one of five father-son draftees on the Club’s list, alongside Lachie Hunter, Mitch Wallis, Tom Liberatore and Zaine Cordy.
He becomes the 14th player to re-sign at VU Whitten Oval in 2019.