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Bulldogs get in quick to re-sign 19yo big man

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 7: poses for a portrait during the Western Bulldogs team photo day at the VU Whitten Oval on February 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Exciting big man Tim English

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have moved swiftly to secure the long-term services of draftee ruckman Tim English, extending the exciting West Australian's contract until the end of 2020.

The 19-year-old impressed all at Whitten Oval with his form during the pre-season, but shin soreness stymied a possible round one debut.

With his athleticism, contested marking and foot skills standout attributes, English has been compared to former West Coast champion Dean Cox at the same age. Unsurprisingly, the reigning premiers couldn't call English's name out quick enough when he was available at pick 19 in last year's NAB AFL Draft.

English, who received a standard two-year contract upon being drafted, said the decision to extend his deal by another two seasons was an easy one.

"Obviously the club is looking really strong at the moment with our highly regarded coach in Luke (Beveridge), and all the other coaches under him," English told AFL.com.au.

"It's a huge thing - the club showing faith in me to firstly pick me in the draft, and then extending the contract gives you the confidence [in the knowledge] your development is tracking well.

"I feel as though I've fitted in relatively well, and have a good relationship developing with the players.

"Everyone's been really welcoming."

Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said he was delighted with how the 205cm teenager had acquitted himself since he had arrived at the Kennel.

"Tim was a highly touted junior ruckman and we've been extremely impressed with his first six months at the club," McCartney said.

"Not only has Tim settled in well and applied himself to his training, but he's showed strong signs throughout the pre-season and demonstrates terrific attributes for a modern-day ruckman."

Hailing from country WA, English is still getting used to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne.

And after moving in with midfielder Josh Dunkley when he first arrived from Perth, English has now found a place of his own and is enjoying fending for himself.

"(Melbourne is) a little bit different to Perth, and a lot busier," he said.

"I had a litte bit of exposure (looking after myself) through boarding school for six years and living with my brother in Perth.

"I don’t mind it, the only way you learn is by cooking and things like that."