Star Dogs recruit in fitness race

03 March 2021 18:35:30 GMTPlus10

Western Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge admits star recruit Adam Treloar faces a race against time to make the AFL season opener against Collingwood.

Treloar will be desperate to face his former club following a controversial switch from the Pies to the Dogs in last year's Trade Period, but it does not look good at this point.

The star mid has suffered a setback on the injury front and although it is nothing serious, the Bulldogs are taking no chances on him.

Treloar has a history of soft-tissue injuries so it comes as no surprise to see his new club adopt a cautious approach with him.

"He'd had a really strong training patch and then he got a cork in his calf and kept running on it. So it turned into something a little bit worse," Beveridge told SEN radio on Wednesday.

"We've got about 12 days until round one (after Monday) and we'll just see how that shapes up."

The fact that the Bulldogs have a strong midfield with bags of options including captain Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore, also means they can wait until Treloar is fit.

Josh Dunkley is desperate to play there and is another option but Beveridge says the 24-year-old is far from guaranteed a place in his preferred position.

"(Dunkley) didn't play his best game against Hawthorn (last week)," Beveridge said. "He's fully aware that there's pressure for game time in any role in our team.

"There's pressure on for his (Dunkley's) spot and the role that he plays."

The Bulldogs are priced at 9/2 to win the AFL grand final.

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