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Boyd, Morris stay AFL Bulldogs in 2016

  • Boyd, Morris stay AFL Bulldogs in 2016

After stunning success in 2015, the Western Bulldogs have tied down two of their most experienced for another season.

Matthew Boyd, 33, and Dale Morris, 32, have signed new one-year deals with the club ahead of their elimination final against Adelaide on Saturday night.

The pair might have expected to spend the rest of their careers without finals football.

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But coach Luke Beveridge's reinvention of the club has given both Boyd and Morris a new lease of life.

Boyd, a former Dogs captain, has been named in the extended All-Australian squad after moving to defence in 2015.

He said his new position had provided excitement in a season when he ticked over the 250-game milestone.

"It's been fun and I've loved the challenge and I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead," he said.

"It's good to be able to sign in such an exciting week for the footy club and good to be able to look forward to another year."

Morris, who joined the club two years after Boyd in 2005, was delighted to play on in 2016.

"I just love the club and love playing footy and to go again, I'm rapt," he said.

Fellow veteran and club captain Bob Murphy inked a new one-year deal to stay at Whitten Oval next season earlier in the year.

The club jumped from 14th last season to a sixth-placed finish under Beveridge after an off-season of turmoil.

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