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IT WASNíT flamboyant.

And it wonít dominate the highlights reel.

But Liam Pickenís gut running in the final quarter against the Swans may be the most replayed piece of vision this AFL season.

With the Western Bulldogs trailing by two points after three consecutive Sydney majors, Picken ran the length of the field to set up teammate Marcus Bontempelli for a game-defining goal.

It was tough, gritty and selfless ó everything that Picken has come to represent.

And it hasnít gone unnoticed, with St Kilda coach Alan Richardson praising Pickenís gut-busting heroics.

ďItís certainly the type of moment youíd reference to,Ē Richardson told AFL 360.

ďItís late in the game, everyone has worked extremely hard, heís probably up to 14 or 15 kilometres of work that heís already done.

ďFor the good of the team, heís reset really aggressively so theyíve got something to kick to. It was very impressive.Ē

Dual North Melbourne premiership player David King suggested the Western Bulldogs would use the vision throughout the year to not only inspire its players, but remind them of the actions that win matches.

ďThis will be the most watched piece of vision at the Western Bulldogs for the year,Ē King told On The Couch.

ďTheyíll trace back to this whenever they go through a form slump or look for reasons why things arenít working.

ďIt will come back to that passage of play.Ē

Few players enhance their credentials after 150 games.

But Picken has become the exception.

The 30-year-old had his best year to date in 2016 ó some nine years after he was drafted. And symptomatic of the Western Bulldogs, his form in September was electric.

Only teammate Jason Johannisen and Swans pair Isaac Heeney and Josh Kennedy were judged to have a better finals campaign than Picken, who polled 14 votes in the inaugural Gary Ayres Award.

Richardson said Pickenís form had followed him into the new year.

ďItís as impressive as a play at the moment in terms of winning contests,Ē Richardson said.

ďHe was one of their best finals players. Whenever the ball went forward last year, late, he won it, irrespective of size and shape of the opposition.

ďHe has continued on this year. Heís in good nick.Ē