Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

The Western Bulldogs look set to enter 2021 as the only club in the AFL without a 200-game player on their list.

The Western Bulldogs look set to enter 2021 as the only club in the AFL without a 200-game player on their list.  

Barring the late addition of a seasoned free agent, the Bulldogs’ most experienced player next season will have played 190 AFL games. 

None of those were in the red, white and blue. 

Off-season addition Stefan Martin will top the list at the Bulldogs. 

Six clubs have at least one 300-game player on their list, with eight others headlined by a player with at least 250 games to their name. 

Closest to Martin and the Bulldogs are Essendon (David Zaharakis, 217 games), the GWS Giants (Callan Ward, 224 games) and Adelaide Crows (David Mackay, 230 games). 

The clear clubhouse leader in terms of games played is Hawthorn’s Shaun Burgoyne, who needs to play just 11 more games to reach 400. 

Remarkably, the Bulldogs (equal) second most experienced player is also yet to play a game for the club. 

With the departures of Jackson Trengove (186 games) and Matt Suckling (178 games), incoming midfielder Adam Treloar steps straight into second spot alongside Easton Wood with 173 games. 

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