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Forward thinking on the agenda for Bulldog mids

Midfielder Josh Dunkley could spend more time in attack this season as the Western Bulldogs prepare to juggle their increased on-ball depth.

3:06pm  Mar 6, 2019

Get To Know: Josh Dunkley

Josh Dunkley answers the tough questions for the AFL Record

4:54pm  Apr 24, 2018

Dunkley building his foundations off-field

Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley stepped into the role of Community Foundation Ambassador earlier this year

6:00am  Jan 7, 2018

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Josh
Dunkley

Height
190 cm
DOB
09-01-1997
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2019
5
Career
48
Goals
2019
3
Career
28
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
383
Avg
77
JoshDunkley

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Sale/Gippsland (U18)
Debut: Rd1, 2016 (Fremantle)
Recruited from: Gippsland (U18)
Brownlow Votes: -

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A brief stint in the VFL midway through the year helped invigorate Josh Dunkley’s 2018 season.

21-year old Dunkley played in the VFL between rounds 10 and 13, returning with the confidence to tackle some of the AFL’s biggest midfielders.

In Round 16, Dunkley held eventual Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell, to 27 touches (collecting 23 of his own and laying 10 tackles) after the Hawks midfielder collected 50 disposals the week before against GWS.

Dunkley amassed a career best 36 disposals in Round 22 against Carlton and averaged six tackles.

An injury interrupted season for Josh Dunkley limited the 20-year-old to seven senior matches in 2017.

Dunkley dislocated his shoulder in Round 7. He required a reconstruction, missing 12 weeks with the injury.

In May, he agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Kennel until at least the end of 2019.

He returned to football via the VFL in Round 20 and earned a senior recall the following week.

Stat that mattered:

Dunkley kicked three goals against Brisbane in Round 5.

What they said.

“Last year I had an ankle reconstruction so it was a delayed start to preseason and this year coming in for a few games and then (suffering) the shoulder injury didn’t help.

“I missed another 12 weeks there. It was good to get back towards the end.

“A shoulder injury lowers your contact level, I couldn’t do a lot of the physical side of the game so I was doing a lot of kicking and skills work with Rohan Smith which really helped.

“Once I did comeback I felt a lot more confident with ball in hand.”

- Josh Dunkley, September 2017

Recruited from the Gippsland Power, Josh Dunkley is a strong and courageous tall midfielder who is a prolific ball winner and a smart user of the ball.

Is a very good mark overhead and can impact games as a forward. Outstanding leadership ability, and desire to compete at all times is a highlight.

Injury interrupted his top age year of U18 football in 2015, but before that had an exceptional junior career.



Dunkley is a contested weapon, with bucket loads of courage and excellent leadership potential. Clutch player who relishes big moments in games. 




In an outstanding debut season, Dunkley played 17 games, and received a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in Round 20.

Dunkley was the youngest member of the Western Bulldogs' 2016 AFL Premiership side.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 8.0
    • Handballs 8.8
    • Disposals 16.8
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 5.0
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 76.6

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3
Handballs 11 Carlton Rd 5
Disposals 20 Sydney Swans Rd 1
Marks 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3
Hit-outs 1 Carlton Rd 5
Tackles 9 Carlton Rd 5
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 85 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans W 82 - 65 9 11 20 0 0 1 0 7 0 1 79
2 Hawthorn W 87 - 106 9 9 18 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 68
3 Gold Coast Suns L 68 - 73 12 4 16 6 0 2 0 2 2 1 85
4 Collingwood L 78 - 64 6 9 15 5 0 1 1 3 1 0 67
5 Carlton L 57 - 101 4 11 15 4 1 1 0 9 0 0 84
6 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
10 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 3 40 44 84 17 1 6 1 25 3 2 383

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 48
    • Kicks 9.0
    • Handballs 9.2
    • Disposals 18.2
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 5.5
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 84.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Hawthorn SF, 2016
Handballs 23 Carlton Rd 22, 2018
Disposals 36 Carlton Rd 22, 2018
Marks 11 Essendon Rd 3, 2018
Hit-outs 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 8, 2018
Tackles 13 Fremantle Rd 23, 2016
Goals 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2017
AFL Fantasy 132 Carlton Rd 22, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Western Bulldogs 40 44 84 17 1 6 1 25 3 2 383
2018 Western Bulldogs 193 223 416 93 8 17 14 113 11 15 1820
2017 Western Bulldogs 47 39 86 25 4 5 5 29 5 7 441
2016 Western Bulldogs 152 136 288 76 18 17 8 98 9 12 1425

Legend

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