Most people would be fairly pleased with their efforts after collecting 40 disposals in a game – particularly in 2020 with shortened quarters. 

For star midfielder Jack Macrae, he still sees opportunity to improve.

The 26-year-old has arguably been the Western Bulldogs’ most consistent player since the squad started its stint in the Gold Coast hub.

He’s polled AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award votes in each of the past six weeks.

But from an individual and team perspective, there’s very much a desire to do better.

“It’s frustrating when you’re not winning,” Macrae told SEN 1116 today.

“The last three games especially – I’ve felt we’ve had moments in games where we’ve been on top of our opponents for large periods.

“For me, I still have areas in my game I can greatly improve.

“I think that’s the best thing about footy, no matter how you play there’s always areas you can improve on – whether that’s helping other players, or being more damaging myself and getting the best of myself.”

The Bulldogs have slipped to 5-6 on the back of defeats in recent times to the Brisbane Lions, Port Adelaide and Richmond.

However, there’s still plenty of optimism in the Bulldog camp with six games to go.

The return of Aaron Naughton was a positive in the loss to the Lions, with Macrae acknowledging the young gun’s impact in the forward group to help the likes of Josh Bruce, Mitch Wallis, Bailey Dale and Sam Lloyd.

“We got Aaron Naughton back from injury, and he really improved as the game went on on the weekend,” Macrae said.

“Obviously it’s going to be good to get some form and continuity back into him and that’s only going to help the other forwards like Brucey, having only played a handful of games together.

“We’re still looking for the perfect mix like when we were firing really well at the end of last year, but I think we’re getting pretty close now.”

The Bulldogs are also hoping Lachie Hunter could be available to return in the not-too-distant future.

“Lachie has obviously been dealing with some personal issues,” Macrae said.

“He’s played the last two practice games up here, so that’s been great to see him play and put his best foot forward.

“Hopefully he’s not too far away. 

“He’s a player we’d love to have, and speaking of the quality ball users in our side, he’s right up there so we can’t wait to have Lachie back whenever that is.”