Bulldogs name new vice-captain

20 February 2021 20:44:20 GMTPlus11

The Western Bulldogs have announced Mitch Wallis as their new vice-captain to work alongside current skipper Marcus Bontempelli for the 2021 AFL campaign.

Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge had a decision to make after Lachie Hunter relinquished the role last year and believes that Wallis in the perfect candidate to step up.

Wallis had an outstanding 2020 when after switching to a deep forward position he kicked 25 goals from 18 games.

His attitude and approach to the club has also been noticed and the 28-year-old has the respect of the rest of the group.

Last season the Bulldogs went with a six-man leadership group that included the likes of Easton Wood and Josh Dunkley, but Beveridge will just go with two this season and is confident it is the way to go.

"In Marcus and Mitch, we have two outstanding figureheads who will help carry us forward," Beveridge said.

"Marcus did an almighty job in his first season as captain, impressively navigating the playing group through a year which had plenty of challenges.

"Mitch has established himself as a player and person at this football club that we can all admire.

"He has always been a beacon for how to carry yourself, he’s always embraced every one of his teammates, and he’s done his absolute best to set a good example on the football field."

The Bulldogs will continue their preparations for the new campaign when they take on Hawthorn in a practice game next Wednesday before participating in the AAMI Community Series.

The Bulldogs are priced at 11/1 to win the A-League grand final.

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