The Bulldogs have delisted Daniel Pearce, but will give him a second chance as a rookie-listed player.
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The Western Bulldogs have delisted defender Daniel Pearce, but have committed to re-drafting the 21-year-old as a rookie-listed player.
The move ensures the Bulldogs will go into the upcoming AFL national draft with five picks inside the top 50.
After an impressive debut season in 2012 where he played five games, Pearce has failed to add to his appearance tally due mainly to injury.
“We will give Daniel every opportunity to continue to develop at our club, albeit as a rookie,” Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney told the club’s website.
“With a bit of bit of luck with his body, Daniel can be an important player for us.
“In light of that, we have committed to re-drafting him as a rookie.”
The Bulldogs hold picks 26,27,39,45,46 in the 2014 national draft and have already committed to selecting Zaine Cordy (father-son) with pick 64.
Pearce was selected at pick 49 in the 2011 national draft.