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Grant sticks with the Bulldogs

Western Bulldog's Jarrad Grant marks during the AFL Round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. (Photo: David Callow/AFL Media)
Jarrad Grant has signed a new two-year deal with the Bulldogs

WESTERN Bulldogs forward Jarrad Grant has opted to stay at Whitten Oval, signing a two-year contract extension despite interest from the Brisbane Lions. 

The 24-year old spent the first half of the year overcoming injury and playing in the VFL, but returned to the senior side in round 16. 

He made the most of the opportunity, kicking 13 goals in his subsequent eight games this year. 

Club list manager Jason McCartney confirmed the deal to Fairfax, saying Grant had worked hard to earn his place in the team. 

"Jarrad wasn't setting the world on fire early in the year, even at VFL level, but a lot of people at the club held on to the belief that he might be a better player in a better side," McCartney said. 

"He's got genuine talent, we know that. His footy smarts are of a really high quality, and we were playing better when he came back into the side. We were starting to generate a lot more forward 50 entries, so that helped him go to work. 

"The coach put a lot of faith in him, and full credit to Jarrad for being able to work hard to turn things around. He certainly resurrected his career in those last eight games." 

The Bulldogs are expected to snare Essendon forward Stewart Crameri during the Gillette AFL Trade Period, and Grant's signature bolsters the team's attack. 

Grant was selected with pick five in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft.