WESTERN Bulldogs youngster Bailey Dale has signed a two-year contract extension with the club that will keep him in red, white and blue until at least the end of 2019.
AFL.com.au reported in late July that Dale was close to a new deal, and the Dogs confirmed his signature on Thursday morning.
Dale, 21, has had an impressive season in 2017, recording career highs in disposals, contested possessions, goals, inside-50s and tackles.
Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said the club had high hopes for the tough wingman.
"We’ve always known that he’s an excellent user of the footy, he’s got clean, quick hands, and he certainly knows where the goals are," McCartney said.
"He’s still just 21 years old so we’d expect there to be plenty of improvement left in his game, and we look forward to watching him continue to develop over the next couple of seasons."
Dale was selected with pick No.45 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft and debuted in round seven the following year. He has played 28 games to date for the Bulldogs.
He joins Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen, Lewis Young, Clay Smith, Marcus Adams and Tim English as key players to recommit to the Dogs in 2017.