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Tristan Tweedie's contract won't be renewed by the Bulldogs

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have delisted Category B rookie Tristan Tweedie after one season at the club.

The 19-year-old forward kicked just three goals in 11 VFL games this season after overcoming stress fractures in his foot that limited him to four games in two seasons with the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup.

The Healesville product was a member of Hawthorn's academy, but the Hawks overlooked him for a rookie spot at the end of the 2016.

Tweedie is the second rookie to be delisted by the club this month, after injury-prone midfielder Josh Pridden was released by the club last week.

The news is much better for two of the Dogs' remaining rookies, with Brad Lynch and Nathan Mullenger-McHugh retained for another season.

Lynch is a defensive playmaker in the mold of club great Robert Murphy, but the West Australian's progress was stymied this season by several hamstring injuries.

With Murphy and Matthew Boyd calling time on their respected careers, the 20-year-old should get plenty of chances to make his senior debut after two seasons at Whitten Oval.

Mullenger-McHugh impressed in his first season at the Dogs, with the raw key position player developing well mainly across half-back for Footscray.

The 20-year-old is very athletic and possess a strong pair of hands.

The Bulldogs will also have to make a call on Roarke Smith, with the luckless defender needing to be upgraded or delisted after being on the club's rookie list for the maximum three seasons.

The 21-year-old, who has endured two knee reconstructions in the past 18 months, has impressed in two senior games but just needs some luck to realise his full potential.

Stewart Crameri and Mitch Honeychurch are the only senior-listed players without a contract for next season, with the pair unlikely to be offered new contracts until after free agency and trade periods.