Rookie revelation Lachie McNeil has signed a two-year contract extension with the Western Bulldogs.
The 19-year-old made his AFL debut in round one and has played 11 of a possible 12 games in his first season at the level.
McNeil is now locked in at the Kennel until the end of 2023.
“I’m super excited. I’ve loved my time so far at the Doggies and to get another two years is pretty amazing,” McNeil said.
“After I got drafted, to make my debut was the dream. To have done that and then be able to put together a few games at AFL level has been great.
“I’ve been trying to learn from my experiences each week. I’ve seen plenty of development in my own game already and I’m getting an understanding of playing different roles and fitting in as best I can.
“It’s been great to have played in a few wins already. I’m really enjoying being part of this group and the culture here and am looking forward to the next couple of years.”
McNeil joined the Bulldogs with pick 11 in the 2020 NAB AFL Rookie Draft from Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL.
“Lachie’s been able to have a real impact for us in his first season after being drafted as a rookie,” General Manager of List Management and Football Projects, Sam Power, said.
“He’s quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches with the way he goes about his business. He works hard and has shown plenty of promise on the field at AFL level, particularly with his speed and footy smarts.
“Lachie has played predominantly as a forward this season, but he has shown he has the versatility to play multiple roles.
“We’re looking forward to him continuing his development as a Bulldog.”