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    Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping



    Adam Treloar is desperate to show why he is an elite AFL player, starting against Collingwood in Round 1. Get the latest on his progress plus news on Josh Dunkley and Lachie Hunter.

    Adam Treloar has a “point to prove” and is ready to regain the football world’s respect starting from Round 1 against former side Collingwood, according to Dogs assistant Steven King.

    And senior Western Bulldogs assistant King says Lachie Hunter and Josh Dunkley have both wowed their teammates with their dedication this summer after difficult journeys through the 2020 season.

    As midfield coach King is the man who will have to juggle the midfield time of a Dogs side that kept want-away midfielder Dunkley but also acquired Treloar from Collingwood.

    Few players have ever been turfed out of a club in such a public and torturous manner, and King says Treloar’s summer had reflected that brutal reality.

    “I am so glad we don’t have to play against him. He has a history of bursting through traffic against us and it’s so exciting to have someone of his experience and competitiveness,” he told the Herald Sun.

    “He is super diligent and wants to fit in, and with the way he has worked you can see he has got a point to prove. He wants to show the boys what he has got.

    “He is a bit more uncomfortable in a new environment and internally you want to prove yourself to the new coaches and fan base, and any player who does that can reignite their career.

    “He has been pretty resilient. We backed him off a bit early for our medical team to get across everything, but he’s been really good to date and building up to be available for the first praccy game.”

    Coach Luke Beveridge said November Lachie Hunter faced “some challenges in the future” after a torrid year that saw him suspended by the club and losing his vice captaincy after crashing his vehicle into some parked cars.

    But King said the elite midfielder, who also missed time for personal reasons later in the season, had set the scene for a bounce-back year.

    “There is a different feel about Lachie this year. He was pretty disappointed in some of the things that happened last year and the way it panned out.

    “He is a very important leader to the club on the field with the way he sees the game, he’s almost another coach, and the standard he has set has been really high since he got back. He has primed himself for a big year.”

    Dunkley played only 12 games due to an ankle injury and despite a public trade request the Dogs held firm, setting the scene for a year of intrigue about how much midfield time he will be handed.

    “He has been unbelievable,” said King.

    “Even going through the process, Dunks is a pro and it’s amazing how 20 years ago how big a deal it could have been. But the professionalism now is so high. The players are so welcoming and they have made it as comfortable as they can. He has led by example from day one and presented himself well and is working so hard at training.

    “Reflecting on his year, he had that bad syndesmosis and we asked him to fill a role in the ruck and he was so team-oriented that he accepted it, but we won’t do it this year.

    “We will share the load with all our mids and with his forward craft and ability to cover ground he will play multiple positions for us and he will be accepting of that.”

    THE KING’S SPEECH: DOGS ASSISTANT COACH ON ...

    Why Marcus Bontempelli will spend more time forward this year:

    “Bonty and Jack Macrae are excited about challenging themselves when they aren’t in the middle. Even exploring 75 interchanges, guys will come up for longer but also go forward.

    “He is excited about hitting the scoreboard more and has put a mountain of time into his game and forward craft. We know about his front-half connections and finishing but if he adds to that firepower he can take his game to a new level.”

    Why the Dogs plan to play two rucks for most of the year:

    “I think we can do it most of the time. Stef Martin has taken Tim (English) under his wing with what he does in the gym and how he watches vision. They can share the load. Tim was really good in patches but got worn down a bit. What Tim is doing forward of the ball is quite exciting. He can run and launch at the footy and he’s a really viable long-term option forward of the ball. Him and Stef can share that load but we will wait and see how it goes.”

    The club’s injuries:

    “Toby McLean is coming back from an ACL and Riley Garcia is building back up (after knee surgery). Mitch Hannan had some groin issues, so we are resetting him after some groin soreness he carried in the past and Taylor Duryea had a quad injury, but he was back in training (on Friday), so touch wood we are going well.”

    Not rushing No.1 draft pick Jamar Ugle-Hagan:

    “Like all boys drafted this year he hasn’t played a game for over a year and he is seeing the way elite athletes train and it’s been an eye-opener how demanding the sessions are. He is the No.1 pick, but he is still absorbing the volumes and load of sessions. He is leading how to back up and recover and finding his feet, but he’s doing the little things that make you sit up and notice. He needs to keep putting on weight and learning.”

    Why the new man-on-the-mark rule which forces the defender to stand still could be a game-changer:

    “We haven’t had the umpires in yet, but we are trying to coach it ourselves and it’s going to be interesting to see how it flushes out. We are going to see a fair few 50m penalties early but also we will see players exploring opportunities with the ball and with handball receives and overlap run. It will open up the ground a fair bit and give players chances to take the ball back through the corridor. It’s certainly going to be interesting.”

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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Interesting comment re Dunkley won’t be playing ruck this year. Fairly clear that was an issue for him.

    Also intriguing regarding Macrae playing more time forward too? Not sure that’s the greatest idea but assuming it’s from necessity given our midfield and reduced interchange rotations.

    Sounds like Jamara is a fair way off which is understandable given he hasn’t played a game in over a year. It’ll be interesting to see how many draftees get games this year. By the way, is it Jamara or Jamar?

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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogsthru&thru View Post
    Interesting comment re Dunkley won’t be playing ruck this year. Fairly clear that was an issue for him.

    Also intriguing regarding Macrae playing more time forward too? Not sure that’s the greatest idea but assuming it’s from necessity given our midfield and reduced interchange rotations.

    Sounds like Jamara is a fair way off which is understandable given he hasn’t played a game in over a year. It’ll be interesting to see how many draftees get games this year. By the way, is it Jamara or Jamar?
    Macrae is a gut-runner which means he could be used on a wing rotation if he can resist the temptation to get sucked into the contest and maintain his position as an outside option.
    In 2019(?) he led our side for scores by % of inside 50 entries so I do think he can rest as a HF/link player.

    It's a good problem to have. I don;t think there is a team in the competition that can match our midfield B rotation.
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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogsthru&thru View Post
    Interesting comment re Dunkley won’t be playing ruck this year. Fairly clear that was an issue for him.

    Also intriguing regarding Macrae playing more time forward too? Not sure that’s the greatest idea but assuming it’s from necessity given our midfield and reduced interchange rotations.

    Sounds like Jamara is a fair way off which is understandable given he hasn’t played a game in over a year. It’ll be interesting to see how many draftees get games this year. By the way, is it Jamara or Jamar?
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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Early signs are two rucks that means Martin on the pine and English forward at different times. With a big midfield brigade we can probably afford to play one down through the middle.
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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Why the new rule change with being on the mark?
    "We've got to be good in the phone box, and good in the tardis" - Pearls of wisdom from Luke Beveridge.

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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Dog View Post
    Why the new rule change with being on the mark?
    Because Steve Hocking likes to meddle with the rules.
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    Re: Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Dog View Post
    Why the new rule change with being on the mark?
    BAD petitioned the league for some more offseason rule changes because he loves them.
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