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Western Bulldogs AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

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Last updated: 20 Feb 2024
Jeremy Darke 20 Feb 2024
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  • Western Bulldogs predicted to finish 9th in the AFL 2024.
  • Star-studded lineup that has the potential to play finals.
  • Have consistently under performed and need to reach the expectations of their fans.
Tim English Western Bulldogs
Tim English of the Western Bulldogs. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

  • AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: Western Bulldogs
  • Where they finish: 9th in the AFL in 2024 
  • What’s to like 
  • What’s NOT to like
  • Western Bulldogs Offseason Player Movement
  • Western Bulldogs Predicted Round 1 Squad

Where they finish: 9th in the AFL in 2024 


Prove us wrong, but the Bulldogs have had the top 4 expectation on them for a while now and have failed to deliver. The easy call is to say they make the eight, but the reality is the dogs like to sniff around the line and it will be a matter of if they end the year on the inside or the outside.

What’s to like 


A team that has Aaron Naughton, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Tim English and Bailey Smith on the roster then there is going to be plenty to like about the Dogs. The potential to push way up into the eight is there with the personnel that they have, they just need to win the pressure moments.

The Bulldogs showed last season that they can be one of the best defensive teams in the AFL, conceding an average of just 76.78 points per game which was good enough for the fifth least in the league. With a couple of their big stars like English and Ugle-Hagan off contract at the end of the year, we can expect them to have slightly more productive seasons in 2024.

What’s NOT to like


It has been the same old story for the Western Bulldogs the last couple of seasons failing to reach the expectations put on them at the beginning of the season. 

The Bulldogs had the chance to make the eight last season but lost to cellar-dwellers West Coast in the second last round after getting beaten by Hawthorn the week before. The point here is has Luke Beveridge gotten everything out of the playing group already and why are their still questions hanging around if they can make the eight or not.

Western Bulldogs Offseason Player Movement


IN
Lachie Bramble (SSP, Hawthorn), Nick Coffield (trade, St Kilda), Jordan Croft (No.15 draft pick, father-son), Joel Freijah (No.45 draft pick), James Harmes (trade, Melbourne), Aiden O'Driscoll (No.55 draft pick), Ryley Sanders (No.6 draft pick), Lachlan Smith (No.47 draft pick)

OUT
Josh Bruce (retired), Hayden Crozier (delisted), Mitch Hannan (delisted), Robbie McComb (delisted), Toby McLean (delisted), Tim O'Brien (delisted), Cody Raak (delisted), Roarke Smith (delisted), Jordon Sweet (trade, Port Adelaide)

Western Bulldogs Predicted Round 1 Squad


Full Back

Nick Coffield

Liam Jones

Bailey Dale

Half Back

Caleb Daniel

James O'Donnell

Ed Richards

Centre

Laitham Vandermeer

Marcus Bontempelli

Jack Macrae

Half Forward

Rhylee West

Aaron Naughton

James Harmes

Full Forward

Cody Weightman

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Rory Lobb

Followers

Tim English

Adam Treloar

Tom Liberatore

Interchange

Bailey Williams

Anthony Scott

Jason Johannisen

Ryley Sanders

Oskar Baker (sub)



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