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Stibbard joins Bulldogs

Marcus Bontempelli poses for a photograph during the Western Bulldogs 2014 team photo day at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on January 29, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Marcus Bontempelli was the Bulldogs' first selection at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft
TALENT identification expert Neville Stibbard has joined the Western Bulldogs' recruiting team.

The former North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney recruiting chief will have a part-time role with the Bulldogs in 2014, adding to the club's scouting of under-18 football around the country.

Stibbard was with the Kangaroos through the club's successful 1990s era with coach Denis Pagan, and remained its recruiting boss under coach Dean Laidley, including when the club made the 2007 preliminary final.

After 16 seasons with the club he left in 2008 and was employed by the AFL to be a talent consultant to Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney before they joined the competition, before he was appointed the Giants' head of recruiting in 2010.

In previous seasons he has been a member of the Giants' recruiting network and part of its Academy program.  

The Bulldogs have centred their rebuild in recent years on the draft, with three top-10 selections – Jake Stringer, Jackson Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli – in the last two years.

Recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple also selected midfielder Nathan Hrovat and father-son Lachie Hunter in 2012, both exciting players of the future, while Luke Dahlhaus was taken as a rookie in 2010.   

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