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Get Excited: Crozier crosses to the Dogs Freo high-flier Hayden Crozier has joined the Western Bulldogs

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HAYDEN Crozier has made his way to the Western Bulldogs after the club traded pick No.40 to Fremantle as part of a deal for the versatile Victorian.

The Dockers also received pick No.82 in this year's NAB AFL Draft and sent their future fourth-round selection back to the Bulldogs.

Crozier has played 69 games in six seasons with the Dockers, including 35 in the past two years before coming out of contract in 2017.

"Hayden's got a great athletic profile, which will allow us the flexibility to play him back, forward or wing, with his aerial game a particular strength," Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney told the club's website. 

"We see him primarily at half-back which, with the retirements of Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd this season, will help our defence transition in 2018 and beyond.

"It's a great result, securing Fremantle's future fourth-round pick enables us flexibility around draft value index points in the future."

Fremantle is seeking to improve its draft hand so it can trade for Greater Western Sydney defender Nathan Wilson.

The Dockers are also set to bring in Gold Coast forward Brandon Matera, likely for a late pick in this year's draft.

"It's good to get this trade completed, although Hayden is a player we value and respect, we're happy for him to facilitate the move to the Western Bulldogs for pick No.40," Fremantle list manager Brad Lloyd told the club's website.

"We had a clear list management strategy to add draft picks into our footy club and securing pick No.40 through this trade allows us to be well placed in the national draft. 

"We currently have pick No.5, two third-round and two fourth-round picks and from a strategic point of view we’re really happy with those picks and we look forward to the draft in the coming months."

Crozier was recruited by the Dockers with pick No.20 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft, arriving as a high-flying half-forward.

He enjoyed his best season in 2016 as a running defender, averaging a career-high 16.5 disposals and 3.2 rebound 50s.

The Rowville product played 19 games in 2017 and was used mostly inside 50, kicking 13 goals.

"It was a dream come true for me to come over here and play for the Dockers and now it’s time for me to move back with family and friends and I’m looking forward to the opportunity with the Western Bulldogs," Crozier said on the club's website.

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