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An agile and athletic key defender from Western Australia, Aaron Naughton was drafted to the Kennel with the ninth pick overall in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.
Rated by scouts as the best intercept marker in his draft class, the Peel Thunder product was rarely beaten during the U18 National Championships and was awarded All-Australian honours for his efforts.
Naughton debuted in Round 1, 2018 and went on to play 18-games in his first season of senior football. Holding down a key defensive post, Naughton's outstanding debut year was capped off with a fourth place finish in the best and fairest count, winning the Chris Grant Best First Year Player Award and earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.
In his second season at AFL level, Naughton was flipped forward and emerged as one of the game’s rising stars.
He led the AFL for contested marks in the home-and-away season, playing every game and finishing second in the Bulldogs’ goal-kicking tally with 32 majors.
A four-year contract extension in April, 2019 means Naughton is locked away until 2024.
Chris Grant Best First Year Player Award - 2018
Locker Group Coaches Award - 2019