AFL 3 years ago

No hard feelings to the Swans: Dunkley

  • No hard feelings to the Swans: Dunkley

Before the draft, Josh Dunkley despite nominating the Sydney Swans,  says he was comfortable with remaining in Melbourne where his family now lies and is now happy he is at the Western Bulldogs.

Dunkley became the first player in its short history to be passed on with a father/son bid, with the new bidding process that the AFL has introduced.

The Western Bulldogs, somewhat surprisingly put in a bid for the son of former Sydney Swans defender, Andrew at pick number 25. 

Speaking to, Dunkley says he is stoked to be at the Kennel.

"It's their decision at the end of the day and I couldn't be happier to end up at the Bulldogs but at the same time if I did end up at Sydney I'd be [just as] stoked,"

"Yeah, it is good I've stayed in Melbourne, but at the same time my goal was to be on an AFL list and I've achieved that and I'm happy being a Western Bulldogs player."

Dunkley has already played three years of senior football and is a graduate of the AFL Academy and is ready to put an injury plagued 2015 behind him.

The powerful utility says he is ready to step up to the elite level when called upon during the 2016 season.

"That's the goal for me to come in to this system and take it step by step, but hopefully I do play next year and see how I go," he said

"I feel I'm a utility type of player (who can play) forward, midfield or back, but I'll leave that up to the coaching staff."

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