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Dogs promise rookie spot for delisted knee victim Josh Prudden

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Josh Prudden of the Bulldogs kicks the ball during the 2015 AFL round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on July 26, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Josh Prudden has been delisted with the promise of a rookie berth in 2017

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THE WESTERN Bulldogs have committed to selecting Josh Prudden on their rookie list after delisting the injury-cursed youngster on Friday.

Prudden is recovering from a knee reconstruction after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in April.

The 22-year-old has managed just four games in his four seasons at the club, suffering multiple knee and ankle injuries.

"Josh is progressing well through his knee rehabilitation and we are committed to selecting Josh as a rookie for the 2017 season," list manager Jason McCartney said. 

The Bulldogs have made just two senior list changes, with ruckman Will Minson delisted and Prudden moved to the rookie list.

Rookie-listed veteran Jed Adcock has retired, while rookie ruckman Luke Goetz was not retained.

Roarke Smith and Brad Lynch have been kept on the rookie list for next season.

Minson, 31, could choose to play on in 2017 after finishing his time at the Bulldogs with a VFL premiership. 

"Will had a big impact on and off the field in his 13 years, as a former All Australian and now a VFL premiership player," McCartney said.   

"We want to thank him for his valuable contribution during that time and we wish him the very best for his next steps."

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