However, with Richmond’s manic pressure style up forward and midfield powerhouse, senior games became scarce for the Deniliquin product. A change of scenery was beckoning.
The VFL competition benefits players to experiment with new roles – and consequently, Lloyd was added to the midfield on a more permanent basis.
His input up forward wasn’t regressed by his time spent in the middle, as he still averaged two goals a game in his last two seasons at reserves level.
Fortunately for Lloyd, his services were demanded elsewhere, landing at the Western Bulldogs in exchange for pick 64 in the 2018 trade period.
His new home at the VU Whitten Oval will present the 28-year-old with more senior opportunities, and expectantly more senior level continuity.
The former Tiger fits the bill perfectly in an inexperienced Doggies outfit, who lacked considerable firepower in front of goals last season, only scoring 100 points or more on four occasions.
Lloyd’s experience, by playing and training alongside the elite crop of the competition, can complement fledgling forwards like Josh Schache and Billy Gowers, to reach new heights at the Kennel in 2019 and beyond.
In an interview with Bulldogs TV, Lloyd was impressed with their game style and potential in the playing group which was evidenced at end of the Dogs 2018 campaign after winning three of their last four games.
A noteworthy performance also occurred against Richmond in Round 23 where they easily could have triumphed if only a Brad Lynch bender was perfected.
Moreover, Lloyd has been thrilled by the approachability and easy-going nature of his new peers and looks forward to fulfilling the next chapter of his AFL career.
Ultimately, the mature-aged recruit should be utilised more as a medium forward who can rotate with Marcus Bontempelli and pinch-hit in the Dogs engine room when called upon.
Having become just the second team under the current finals system to miss out on September action the year after winning the premiership, there was a considerable amount of pressure on the shoulders of Luke Beveridge as he embarked on his fourth year as head coach of the Western Bulldogs.
The financial reports for AFL clubs for last season are starting to come in, and early indications are that quite a few clubs are reporting good profits, including clubs which failed to make the final eight.