Bontempelli closing on Bulldogs deal
Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli is hoping to pen a new contract "sooner rather than later" after revealing that talks with the club are going well.
The 25-year-old has been at the Whitten Oval for the last eight seasons but he will qualify as an unrestricted free agent and there would be no shortage of interest in him if he did decide to move on.
That looks unlikely at this stage with Bontempelli hopeful a new deal will be hammered out shortly.
"The dialogue's been really good between the club and my manager," Bontempelli told reporters on Tuesday. "There's no real timeline on it, but things are progressing pretty well.
"So without giving you a date, hopefully it's sooner rather than later.
"But these things obviously just take time and it's different for everyone, but the good thing is they're progressing well."
Bontempelli has once again played a key role for the Bulldogs in the 6-1 start to the 2021 AFL campaign and the club are obviously keen to keep him on board.
However they seem to be reluctant to hand out the kind of seven-year deal that has been given to other AFL players in the past, and that could be causing the delay.
"There's probably a couple of things that are part of it and, like I said, the dialogue's been good," Bontempelli said. "The discussions are open and it's just sort of working through it in the right time.
"I won't run into the specifics of it but I think the most important thing is that the chats are good and they're going well. We'll continue to progress until we have a result."
The Bulldogs are priced at 5.50 to win the AFL grand final.