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182 cm
82 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Seymour
Clubs: Seymour (GVFL)
Debut: Rd 15 2015 (Gold Coast)
Recruited from: Assumption College/Murray U18
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A workhorse and eager student of the game, Prudden will bolster the Bulldogs growing midfield stocks into the future. Prudden is a hard runner who is accurate by foot and possesses strong leadership skills. Prudden was drafted with the Bulldogs third round selection in the 2012 AFL Draft (pick 50 overall).

Prudden made his senior debut in 2015 in the Club's come-from-behind victory over the Gold Coast Suns in Cairns. Prudden went on to play a further three games that season.

A season ending knee injury cruelled his 2016 campaign.

Season by Season

A season-ending knee injury in the second round of the VFL season saw Josh Prudden's 2016 season finish scarecly before it had started.

While Prudden was delisted at the end of the season, the Club committed to the hard-edged midfielder/half back, by selecting him in the rookie draft. 

Season in short:

Josh Prudden was one of many players to benefit from Luke Beveridge’s arrival at the Club in 2015.

Beveridge had a strong stance on rewarding VFL form, and Prudden got his chance in round 15.

Prudden made his AFL debut against the Suns, impressing with his composure in defence.

The 21-year-old’s season highlight came against Collingwood in round 17, picking up 17 disposals, five marks and one tackle in the victory.

Despite playing only four games senior games, after a low grade hamstring injury sidelined him in the latter parts of the season, Prudden showed significant promise.

The young Dog signed a contract extension in September that will see him stay at the Club until the end of 2016.


Stat the mattered:

Prudden averaged four marks per game in defence.


What they said:

“Half-back was never something I played a lot of as a kid… but I’ve enjoyed it, and hopefully if I keep improving and get another pre-season under me, hopefully I can improve even more.

“I’ve probably got a bit more composure with the footy… Probably knowing when to call for the ball has improved and my composure when I’ve got it.” – Josh Prudden, September 2015

“He played the four games which was great and he played some really good footy in those four games. He played as a high defender, because he’s used to being around the congestion so he slotted in really well and showed some really good signs, especially his ball use, he’s a brilliant left-foot kick, if he can use that as well as helping our Bulldog ball movement, but he’s also so dour and he never gives in. He’s just got that never give in attitude and he’s just fantastic for our Club.

“I’m excited for ‘Prudes’, he’s got to get his body right, he’s had a lot of soft tissue injuries but I’m sure if he speaks to Easton, if he sticks it out, gets his body right, he’s going to be a good player for us.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

Prudden has struggled with injury in his first two seasons at the club, playing only six VFL games in 2014.

Being inhibited by a knee injury much of 2014, Prudden will resume full pre-season training with the rest of the team and will look for a big summer to string together a more consistent 2015 season.


What they said:

“Josh injured his knee in his last game, we think it’s best for him to miss the rest of the season and start preparing his body for the next pre-season which he will do really well at.” – Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie in August 2014.

Season in short:

The talented Murray Bushrangers midfielder had a slow start to his career, battling injuries in 2013. Highly rated by the Bulldogs for his stoppage work, Prudden played seven matches in the Williamstown reserves before being sidelined with a lingering ankle injury. Restricted to rehabilitation and weights training for the most part of the season, Prudden worked tirelessly to strengthen his body in preparation for season 2014.

Stat that mattered:

23 disposals against Collingwood in the VFL seniors was a highlight for the 19-year-old who was named among the best in just his second game at that level. Despite playing only two games with the VFL seniors, Prudden acquitted himself well, adjusting to the tempo and more contested environment with ease.

What they said:

“I think I have seen a lot of growth both mentally and physically, putting on a lot of weight this year – it’s been a good step up and I should be able to play some good senior footy next year. Mentally as well, it’s been a big improvement, I didn’t know what a footy club was about until the start of this year.”

- Josh Prudden after his first season on an AFL list

Season by Season

He had limited exposure during the TAC Cup this season playing only seven games for the Murray Bushrangers but was a favourite of school (Assumption College) football coach, former Bulldog Scott Wynd. Prudden was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with their third round selection (No. 50) in the 2012 AFL Draft.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 6.5
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 12.5
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 52.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 Collingwood Rd 17, 2015
Handballs 10 Collingwood Rd 17, 2015
Disposals 17 Collingwood Rd 17, 2015
Marks 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Geelong Cats Rd 16, 2015
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 60 Collingwood Rd 17, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


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AFL Fantasy points