The Western Bulldogs made two selectins in today’s rookie draft, taking 195cm 82kg Eastern Ranges product, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh at pick 18 while retaining Josh Prudden with pick 35.
Mullenger-McHugh played 15 games at TAC Cup level this year, averaging eight disposals, three marks and three tackles per game.
Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple said that the 19-year-old can play either end of the ground.
“We’re rapt to have Nathan on board, he told westernbulldogs.com.au on Monday.
“His speed is elite, he’s got a really good vertical leap and he’s a competitor.”
With their second pick, the Dogs elected to take 22-year-old Josh Prudden.
Prudden gets a second chance after being delisted by the Club in October having played just the four games in four seasons after battling a raft of injuries, including an ACL suffered early in 2016.
“Josh has had some hardships along the way but he’s got some really sound fundamentals, Dalrymple said.
“He just needs a bit of luck with his body and we think he’s got the potential to be a really strong AFL player.”
Drafted as a midfielder that found a home across half-back under Luke Beveridge, Prudden is expected to be fit by the beginning of the season.