IMPORTANT Western Bulldogs recruits Josh Bruce and Alex Keath have been handed the old guernsey numbers of two of the Dogs' retired premiership heroes.

Key forward Bruce, who donned No.47 at Greater Western Sydney and No.27 at St Kilda, has been assigned the No.17 previously worn by fellow spearhead Tom Boyd, who almost won the Norm Smith Medal after an influential three-goal performance in the 2016 Grand Final against Sydney.

Defender Keath wore No.42 at Adelaide and has been given the same number at Whitten Oval after Liam Picken hung up his boots.

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The Bulldogs also handed guernsey numbers to their draftees Cody Weightman (No.19, formerly Lukas Webb's), Louis Butler (the No.18 of premiership defender Fletcher Roberts) and Riley Garcia (the No.38 of club great and new development coach Dale Morris, who will help the youngster return from a knee reconstruction).

Meanwhile, star West Coast recruit Tim Kelly will be keeping the No.11 he wore at Geelong when he runs out in his new colours.

The number has plenty of history at the Eagles, with former Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis and two-time premiership hero Ashley McIntosh previous owners.

West Coast's first pick at this year's NAB AFL Draft, Callum Jamieson, will take the No.40, while Ben Johnson and Anthony Treacy will start their careers in No.38 and No.43 respectively.

And Essendon has handed former Brisbane Lion Tom Cutler the No.12 guernsey.

2017 Richmond premiership player Jacob Townsend will wear No.20, while the Bombers' first draft selection Harrison Jones inherits No.23.

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Andrew Phillips will wear No.34, draftees Nick Bryan and Ned Cahill will wear Nos.24 and 28 respectively, while Lachie Johnson takes No.36.

Irish duo Ross McQuillan and Cian McBride will take Nos.39 and 41 respectively, while former Roo Mitch Hibberd (pictured below) will wear the No.46 guernsey.

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1. Chayce Jones, 4. Lachlan Murphy, 17. Will Hamill, 18. Tyson Stengle, 20. Ben Crocker, 22. Billy Frampton, 24. Josh Worrell, 26. Harry Schoenberg, 28. Ben Keays, 35. Fischer McAsey, 37. Ronin O'Connor, 44. Lachlan Gallant

Harry Schoenberg in front of his new locker. Picture:


4. Callum Ah Chee, 14. Grant Birchall, 26. Connor McFayden, 28. Cam Ellis-Yolmen

Former Hawk Grant Birchall in Brisbane colours. Picture:


17. Brodie Kemp, 19. Eddie Betts, 21. Jack Martin, 27. Marc Pittonet, 32. Jack Newnes, 33. Sam Ramsay, 34. Sam Philp, 36. Josh Honey, 39. Fraser Phillips

He's back. Picture: AFL Photos


3. Isaac Quaynor, 6. Tyler Brown, 9. John Noble, 14. Darcy Cameron, 34. Trent Bianco, 35. Jay Rantall, 39. Trey Ruscoe

Draftees Trent Bianco, Trey Ruscoe and Jay Rantall. Picture: AFL Photos


12. Tom Cutler, 20. Jacob Townsend, 23. Harrison Jones, 24. Nick Bryan, 28. Ned Cahill, 34. Andrew Phillips, 36. Lachie Johnson, 39. Ross McQuillan, 41. Cian McBride, 46. Mitch Hibberd 


1. Jesse Hogan, 9. Blake Acres, 11. James Aish, 13. Luke Ryan

New Dockers Blake Acres and James Aish. Picture:


9. Jack Steven, 11. Josh Jenkins, 12. Cooper Stephens, 16. Sam De Koning, 31. Francis Evans, 41. Cam Taheny, 45. Brad Close 

Francis Evans, Cooper Stephens, Sam De Koning, Cam Taheny and Brad Close. Picture: AFL Photos

Gold Coast

4. Brandon Ellis, 13. Jack Lukosius, 15. Noah Anderson, 18. Matt Rowell, 21. Hugh Greenwood, 22. Izak Rankine, 26. Sam Flanders, 32. Zac Smith, 35. Connor Budarick, 37. Jeremy Sharp, 41. Malcolm Rosas jnr, 42. Patrick Murtagh, 48. Matthew Conroy, 50. Jy Farrar, 52. Luke Towey

No.1 pick Matt Rowell. Picture: AFL Photos

Greater Western Sydney



North Melbourne

Port Adelaide

4. Todd Marshall, 5. Dan Houston, 32. Sam Mayes, 13. Wylie Buzza

New numbers at the Power. Picture:


5. Jack Ross, 6. Patrick Naish, 7. Liam Baker, 20. Ivan Soldo, 21. Noah Balta, 27. Thomson Dow, 36. Will Martyn, 38. Noah Cumberland, 45. Hugo Ralphsmith, 47. Bigoa Nyuon

St Kilda


1. Chad Warner, 2. Kaiden Brand, 3. Dylan Stephens, 10. Sam Naismith, 15. Sam Gray, 17. Will Gould, 28. Lewis Taylor, 35. Barry O’Connor, 37. Elijah Taylor, 39. Brady Rowles

West Coast

11. Tim Kelly, 38. Ben Johnson, 40. Callum Jamieson, 43. Anthony Treacy, 45. Mitch O'Neill

Western Bulldogs

17. Josh Bruce, 18. Louis Butler, 19. Cody Weightman, 38. Riley Garcia, 42. Alex Keath

Bulldogs draftees Cody Weightman, Louis Butler and Riley Garcia