Dunkley makes Bulldogs pledge

22 November 2020 15:10:24 GMTPlus11

Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley says his first job is to win back any respect he may have lost after a move to Essendon fell through.

The 23-year-old requested a move to the Bombers during the Trade Period and was left devastated as the two clubs failed to hammer out a deal in time.

Dunkley felt a move to Essendon would have resulted in more playing time in midfield, but instead he will now have to battle for his place in the Dogs side.

That will be even harder in 2021 after the Bulldogs brought in gun midfielder Adam Treloar from Collingwood.

They now boast an impressive and talented midfield, but Dunkley has vowed to fight for his place once he has won back the respect of those team-mates, who may have been left disappointed with his request for a trade.

"In the back of my mind, I knew it was a possibility after coming out and going to Essendon," Dunkley told reporters.

"But with all respect, the Bulldogs really held onto me and made it a challenge for Essendon to get me.

"I caught up with ‘Bevo’ the other night in Melbourne. Let the dust settle a little bit and then caught up with him. I actually drove out to his place and we had a good chat. I’d spoken to him a lot through the process as well.

"The boys have made me feel really comfortable. It’s nice to be able to go back now and really put my head down and earn that respect, if I have lost any. I’m looking forward to what we can do in 2021."

The Bulldogs are priced at 12/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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