Dunkley to battle for Bulldogs place

15 November 2020 22:42:33 GMTPlus11

Josh Dunkley is ready to battle for his place in the Bulldogs midfield after seeing his trade to Essendon fall through.

Dunkley requested a move to the Bombers during the Trade Period and was hoping the two clubs would be able to hammer out a deal before the deadline passed on Thursday.

However the Bulldogs rejected Essendon's final offer and Dunkley had to come to terms with the fact he would have to stay put.

Liam Pickering, who represents the player, says his client understands the nature of the game and the Trade Period, but is still disappointed.

"He’s a little bit flat, but he’s a little bit better now than he was on Thursday night (after the move to Essendon fell through)," Pickering said on SEN Drive.

"That’s footy, you go through a trade period like this and the deal doesn’t happen … he was hoping to make the move, but you can’t always get what you want in footy."

Dunkley's motivation for a move stemmed from the fact he wants to play in midfield and would have had a better chance of doing so with the Bombers.

His chances of earning a spot in the Dogs midfield have been made harder after Adam Treloar was snapped up from Collingwood, but Pickering says Dunkley will rise to the challenge.

"He’ll force his way into the midfield," Pickering added. "He’s a terrific player, the move to Essendon would’ve seen him get more midfield minutes there, but he’s going to have to play good footy as he knows and he’s prepared to do."

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