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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    He has speed and agility and can win his own ball thats a good start for a player in the 70s we also need mids!

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Highlights package is impressive. Kicking set shots from 45, breaking away with pace and taking good contested marks around the ground. If he can at least kick within his limitations he could be a good mid or otherwise a Boyd esc transition to defense might work well.

    Warming to the idea he could get in the team as a forward initially too

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Looks quick and good overhead - for a late pick, tick from me
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bulldogs Bite View Post
    His kicking action doesn’t look awful.

    I like this Pick.
    He seems to hold the ball like he should be kicking with his left foot.
    Just needs some specialist kicking sessions.
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Welcome to the Doggies Callum
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Welcome to the Kennel Callum.
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    http://footyprophet.com/role-model-p...de-to-succeed/

    After reading this I'm very happy with the selection of Porter and in particular the decision to re-rookie Smith and open up a final list spot. Our inside mid stocks aren't as strong as we think they are, so adding another high achieving, professional and determined U18 into the mix is very wise.
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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Quote Originally Posted by Sedat View Post
    http://footyprophet.com/role-model-p...de-to-succeed/

    After reading this I'm very happy with the selection of Porter and in particular the decision to re-rookie Smith and open up a final list spot. Our inside mid stocks aren't as strong as we thing they are, so adding another high achieving, professional and determined U18 into the mix is very wise.
    Nice write up. He maybe one player that gets an early start to his career.
    There are plenty of talented people in the world. As you already know, talent is not enough. Some of the athletes with the most potential never pan out. What separates the good from the great is determination and work ethic.

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Great article

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    If he can reach the level of Rory Sloane / Joel Selwood, taken by us in the 70s, would be Dals greatest steal yet.

    Look forward to seeing Callum develop with us.

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    His highlights obviously won't show his shanks, but his kicking looks very sound to me. A lot like Toby McLean, his hands move around a lot during his run up but the last couple of steps he steadies well and lowers the ball onto his foot nicely

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Quote Originally Posted by boydogs View Post
    His highlights obviously won't show his shanks, but his kicking looks very sound to me. A lot like Toby McLean, his hands move around a lot during his run up but the last couple of steps he steadies well and lowers the ball onto his foot nicely

    http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/ne...11-24/pick-79-
    Have to disagree. His set shot routine looks terrible - unfortunately it seems we don't have anyone in our coaching staff who can work on that with them. Moves the ball around a lot on the run in, and has a very bent knee when he kicks.

    It's a shame that our recruiting panel didn't prioritise foot skills but I have confidence that Cal will give it everything he's got to make it.

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Quote Originally Posted by Sedat View Post
    http://footyprophet.com/role-model-p...de-to-succeed/

    After reading this I'm very happy with the selection of Porter and in particular the decision to re-rookie Smith and open up a final list spot. Our inside mid stocks aren't as strong as we think they are, so adding another high achieving, professional and determined U18 into the mix is very wise.
    I was going to post this article, I saw it pre-draft as it's written by a guy I know.

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Porter’s perfect draft night

    “I’m still pinching myself, to be honest. It’s just awesome.”
    Callum Porter’s sheer jubilation at being drafted by the Western Bulldogs in the fifth round with pick 74 of the AFL National Draft on Friday night was unmistakable.
    Speaking to the Gazette in the wake of the draft, the impressive Officer and Gippsland Power product said the initial feeling upon seeing his name read out was “pure shock”.
    “It’d obviously been such a long journey and to think it’d finally gotten to that point, it was just shock,” the 18-year-old said.
    “When it started to sink in that little bit more I was just unbelievably excited.”
    Porter was selected by the 2016 AFL premiers after interviewing with them multiple times in the lead-up to the draft – including once at his home.
    And it was at home on Friday night, together with just a few family members, that he saw his draft dream come true right in front of his eyes.
    “I kept it pretty low-key because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” he said.
    “But once we heard the news heaps of people came straight over and our driveway was completely filled with cars!”
    Porter is a realist – he knew the chances of his dream not coming true on Friday night.
    “My family and I really had our minds around the nature of the system,” he said.
    “It can be quite ruthless at times and with the whole nature of the draft everything can change on the night. Sometimes even the recruiters aren’t sure what’s going to happen – so from that point view there were definitely no guarantees.”
    Porter was prepared either way – having also applied for a double bachelor university degree in exercise science and education.
    He knows just how important balance is, despite the at-times all-encompassing AFL world.
    “Even though everyone will be enjoying their footy it’s pretty full-on, especially for someone just entering the system like myself,” he said.
    “It’s definitely important to have a balance outside of footy and something to keep you going. Life as an AFL footballer, whether you’re successful or not, is very short-lived so it’s definitely important to have something after footy, whether it’s job experience or an education.”
    Porter said the strength of the Bulldogs’ culture was immediately obvious to him after the outpouring of congratulations he’d already received from those in the club’s inner sanctum.
    “In terms of being a young player, I don’t think I could have asked for a better club to go to,” he said.
    “They’ve got an outstanding culture.
    “I couldn’t fault anything with the whole process – it really is a dream come true.”
    Having interviewed with the club numerous times before the draft, Porter knew that his best bet to be drafted lay with the Bulldogs – but the nerves came right to the fore as he was taken with the night’s fifth last pick.
    “I’d watched the whole draft and seen other players get picked and it got to the 70s and there was an order of clubs I’d spoken with and I thought that’d probably be the last roll of the dice,” he said.
    “I think we got more and more nervous the longer it went. Even though I’d worked really hard (to be drafted) I still think I was super lucky.
    “But now that I’m in the system it doesn’t matter if I went early in the draft or later – we all get the same opportunity. Everything is in my hands now – it’s up to me and how hard I want to work in terms of how much I’m going to develop.”
    Porter has already begun life as a Bulldog living with Josh Dunkley, another of the club’s Gippsland Power alumni.
    Western Bulldogs recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple said immediately after Friday’s draft that: “Cal Porter, with our last pick, is a boy who’s a great competitor, an outstanding young man, and Gippsland Power were glowing in their character reference (of him).
    “Cal can play as an inside or outside mid, and he can go forward and he’s good overhead.
    “He’s got a great attitude. At that later pick, the ability to come in and work and really train the house down is important and he’s got some good speed, some good power, and he wins the ball in different ways so we think that’s attractive.”

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    Re: Welcome to the Western Bulldogs - Callum Porter

    Good article. Josh Dunkley is so damn impressive, 3rd year in and he's taking in younger teammates into his home. Just that the club would entrust that kind of a role to a 20 year old speaks volumes. Hope they've got a huge backyard for plenty of kicking practice....
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