Following the Bulldogs over the AFL off-season? 

Here are all the important dates you need to know…

Charles Sutton Medal

The Western Bulldogs’ night of nights will be held on October 2 at Crown Palladium. Who will be crowned this year’s Charles Sutton Medallist? Will it be one of our 2019 All Australians, Marcus Bontempelli or Jack Macrae? Emerging star Josh Dunkley? Could Lachie Hunter go back-to-back? For more information, including ticketing, click here

Pre-season returns 

The Bulldogs’ first to fourth year players will return for pre-season on November 11, with all other players starting on November 25. 

Trade & Free Agency 

AFL Restricted Free Agency Offer and Unrestricted Free Agency Period – October 4 to 10
NAB AFL Trade Period (players) – October 7 to 16
AFL Trade Period (draft picks) – October 17
Applications to re-list a player close – October 18
1st AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period – November 1 to 11
2nd AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period – November 13 to 22
3rd AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period – November 28 (post-draft)


Nomination of Draft Eligible Father/Son and Academy Players – October 31
AFL Father/Son Bidding Nominations – November 22
NAB AFL Draft, round one – November 27
NAB AFL Draft, remaining selections – November 28
NAB AFL Rookie Draft – TBC, November 28 (post-draft) or November 29

*The Bulldogs currently hold picks 12, 30, 41, 46, 48 and 84 

Draft Combines

AFL Draft Combine – October 1 to 4
Victoria Draft Combine – October 4
South Australia Draft Combine – October 12
Western Australia Draft Combine – October 13 

List Lodgements 

1st List Lodgement (including rookie promotions/retentions) – October 31
2nd List Lodgement – November 12
Final List Lodgement – December 2