Bulldogs’ Boyd finally makes AFL return

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    Western Bulldogs ruck-forward Tom Boyd is finally back in the AFL.

    His five second-half goals in the VFL last weekend confirmed his recall for Saturday’s match against Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

    Boyd was one of the heroes of the Bulldogs’ historic 2016 premiership, kicking three goals and taking eight marks in the grand final win over Sydney.

    But the No.1 draft pick’s career suddenly went on hold midway through last season.

    He took time off because of depression and returned to the VFL later in the season.

    Boyd’s pre-season was hampered by a glute injury.

    He is among four inclusions, with Zaine Cordy returning from suspension.

    The Bulldogs recalled Lukas Webb and Patrick Lipinski as Lachie Hunter (suspension), Bailey Williams (middle ear infection), Jack Redpath (knee) and Shane Biggs went out of the side.

    Fremantle will promote Taylin Duman for his AFL debut and have recalled Ed Langdon, with Michael Johnson listed as managed and Tommy Sheridan dropped.

    North Melbourne have brought Sam Wright into their squad for Sunday’s game against Hawthorn.

    He has not played since round 11 two seasons ago because of ankle and foot injuries.

    Cyril Rioli (knee) and Paul Puopolo (hamstring) are the only confirmed changes for the Hawks.

    Brisbane have dropped Sam Mayes and Rhys Mathieson for Sunday’s Gabba match against Gold Coast.

    The final Sunday teams will be confirmed on Friday afternoon.

    Teams for the two Anzac Day games will be announced on Monday.

    Melbourne and Richmond will play on Anzac Day eve, before the traditional Collingwood-Essendon blockbuster.

    © AAP 2018

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    • April 20th 2018 @ 8:36am
      Mattyb said | April 20th 2018 @ 8:36am | ! Report

      I wouldn’t have minded seeing Boyd having to put in another solid performance at VFL level before a recall as his form previous to last week was very poor.
      He kicked one goal in the first half last week where he contested well and was creative by hand through the middle.
      In the second half he was very good up forward,not only kicking 4 goals but he created 4 others by really hitting the pack hard and contesting well.Conditions last week were also very poor for big men.
      Be interesting how he goes,besides the GF and Prelim Boyd has been disappointing,but if he can magically find consistent AFL form he will be a big piece of an improving bulldog puzzle.

      • April 20th 2018 @ 9:23am
        I ate pies said | April 20th 2018 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        He’s gotta be a better option than Redpath though Matty. I reckon they have to give him a sustained run at it and give him time to build his confidence. He’ll be a more than capable back up ruckman and he can take a grab if the midfielders give him half decent service.
        What’s your thoughts on Roughead? It doesn’t look like there’s a place for him in the side. English has already surpasse him as a ruckman (not hard to do). Maybe there’s a spot for him in the back line. I don’t think there’s a spot for both him and Trengove though.

        • April 20th 2018 @ 2:47pm
          Mattyb said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

          IAP,if Roughead is to succeed it will need to be in the ruck. He’s good at taking marks around the ground but he doesn’t win enough hit outs,he’s certainly been hampered by the third man up rule.English does seem a better option.
          I think he’s to slow for defence and has never offered much as a consistent forward.

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      April 20th 2018 @ 10:27am
      Dalgety Carrington said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

      Really keen to see how Taylin Duman goes if he gets an extended run. They’ve been keen to get him in the team since last year, but were delayed through injury. It’s always exciting to see a rookie come on like he has and he’s been cutting it up in the WAFL.

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      April 20th 2018 @ 12:12pm
      anon said | April 20th 2018 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

      Time for him to pay back Western for the faith in him and leniency they have shown him.

      • April 20th 2018 @ 11:05pm
        Patricia said | April 20th 2018 @ 11:05pm | ! Report

        A rather silly comment. He has paid his way with a significant contribution to our premiership. You are flat out writing a coherent sentence. Try re reading what you write and see if it makes any sense.

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          April 21st 2018 @ 1:24am
          anon said | April 21st 2018 @ 1:24am | ! Report

          I produced at work this week, this month, this year. I get paid.

          Boyd hasn’t produced for 1.5 years now. He’s on about $45,000 per game. On $11,250 per 30 minute quarter by my calculations (assuming he plays all 22 games which he doesn’t). Time to earn his keep.

          If he’s not serious then he’s free to walk from the game.

          Don’t collect pay cheques for not doing anything for a long period of time. Be a lifter not a leaner.

          TIme to show that he’s committed to Western. If not, stop taking the money and stop clogging up cap space.

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      April 20th 2018 @ 2:25pm
      Dalgety Carrington said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      You mean other than being instrumental in winning them a premiership pay back?

      • April 20th 2018 @ 2:36pm
        Birdman said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

        yeah, he’s prob. entitled to dine out on that for some time yet.

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        April 20th 2018 @ 2:44pm
        anon said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

        It’s probably the only game he’s ever produced in.

        You need more than that from someone on $7 million over 7 years.

        He’s taking up a lot of cap space. He’s on a long term contract to produce otherwise they would have paid him big for two years not seven.

        At the moment he’s placing the burden on his much lower paid teammates.

        • April 20th 2018 @ 2:58pm
          mattyb said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

          Harsh but fair as always Anon.
          Would be nice to see Boyd repaying the faith.
          $7m is an awful lot of money for two good games,even if they were big finals.

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            April 20th 2018 @ 3:59pm
            anon said | April 20th 2018 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

            Harsh but fair as always Anon.

            Cheers mate

          • April 20th 2018 @ 5:51pm
            Kurt said | April 20th 2018 @ 5:51pm | ! Report

            This is a really interesting question. $7M for two good games over 7 years is, on one level, incredibly bad value. But on another level I reckon if you said to long suffering fans of clubs who’ve gone a long time without a premiership (e.g. Melbourne, Fremantle, St Kilda) “would you be ok with your club massively overpaying one player for 7 years of mostly rubbish football, if that player is instrumental in winning you a premiership?” I think most people would probably say yes!

            I know it’s not as a simple as that, but as a thought exercise it’s quite interesting.

            • April 20th 2018 @ 6:07pm
              mattyb said | April 20th 2018 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

              It is an interesting discussion point Kurt.
              On one hand I’d certainly take our flag and 2 decent career games from Boyd at $7m.
              That doesn’t mean we can’t expect some more value on top of that.
              Another point is for a small club like ours we need to make sure we don’t overly look back at one success and be satisfied..
              Living in the past is a dangerous business to get ourselves involved in,the premiership was great but our survival in a national competition should never be taken for granted.
              Small clubs like ours will always face challenges and we must always be facing them honestly and head on.

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            April 20th 2018 @ 10:44pm
            Dalgety Carrington said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

            Not “harsh but fair”, but something “as usual”. Reactionary and sloppy more likes.

            Actual Bulldogs fans with any perspective would see the Boyd deal as an investment for the future. Sure there were risks involved, but it was a bold move to secure an elusive, high demand key forward from other Melburnian rivals. The Bulldogs are paying overs for 25-30 y.o. Boyd, not 22-24 y.o. Boyd, but hoping they’d get a bit in that time (I think they’d be taking key role in a premiership).

            The lenient comment is just weird.

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              April 21st 2018 @ 1:20am
              anon said | April 21st 2018 @ 1:20am | ! Report

              He has his chance still to earn his keep. Only 1.25 years out of the game where he hasn’t produced. Still a chance to make up for lost time.

              If Boyd isn’t serious about being an AFL player he’s free to walk into the Western head office Monday morning and ask for his $7 million contract to be terminated effective immediately.

              I think it’s wrong for Boyd to expect Western to pay his mega-salary while he figures out whether he wants to play footy for a living or not. It’s not fair. Western signed that huge contract in good faith.

              • April 21st 2018 @ 9:17am
                Mattyb said | April 21st 2018 @ 9:17am | ! Report

                Anon,as always unwavering pure sporting commentary.
                While Boyds GF performance can’t be overlooked I tend to agree with your comments even as a biased doggies fan.
                My GF votes were 5.Macrae, 4 Morris, 3 Picken, 2 Boyd, 1 JJ.
                Now,while Morris and Pickens performances were also brilliant they’re not going to get contract extensions based on that game,so in the same context Boyd should need to continue to improve and impress to earn the money he’s being paid.
                I look forward to seeing how his career unfolds,but he shouldn’t get a free pass for one game in a professional sporting environment if we want to be a serious professional club.

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                April 21st 2018 @ 10:14am
                Dalgety Carrington said | April 21st 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                The Bulldogs put that contract in front of Boyd in the full knowledge that he was not a finished product and still had plenty of developing to do. It was a bird in the bush purchase and always on the more speculative side.

                What’s this “if Boyd isn’t serous” guff? Are you questioning the genuiness of his mental health struggles?

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          April 20th 2018 @ 3:23pm
          Col from Brissie said | April 20th 2018 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

          Sounds like a bit of dis-respect towards Tom Boyd to me😂

    • April 20th 2018 @ 4:37pm
      jonboy said | April 20th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

      All big Tom has to do is take 4-5 big grabs and kick 3 goals average a game and he has done his job. Some reason like Sandi who is still resting up forward regularly but they cannot mark it. Forget this mindset ‘bringing the ball to ground bring the crumbers into the game’. the back men are the spoilers . Focus Mark and kick goals.

      • April 21st 2018 @ 6:25am
        Slane said | April 21st 2018 @ 6:25am | ! Report

        All he has to do is be the 2nd best forward in the competition? Well why didn’t somebody let him know earlier?

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      April 21st 2018 @ 10:34am
      Ryan Geer said | April 21st 2018 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      Way better option than Redpath for the Doggies and can give young Tim English a good chop out in the ruck when needed. All Doggies fans would wanna see from him is to be aggressive. Attack the contest, compete, from there his confidence will come then he’ll start taking big grabs and kick goals, and do what the Dogs are paying him to do. We all know he’s capable we’ve seen it on the biggest stage in football, all he needs is confidence and that will come from doing the little things.

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