The Western Bulldogs have locked-in star youngsters Jack Macrae and Jake Stringer on long-term deals in what is a major boost for the club.
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The duo have signed on until the end of the 2018 AFL season, with the news coming just days after Jordan Roughead and Luke Dahlhaus put pen-to-paper on new deals.
Stringer and Macrae, drafted at picks five and six respectively in the 2012 draft, have shown signs of promise in the early stages of their careers.
Macrae finished runner-up in the club’s best and fairest award, while Stringer kicked 26 goals in 2014.
Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said that while both players have shown enormous potential, there was still scope for major improvement.
“Both Jack and Jake have displayed encouraging signs in the early parts of their careers, and although they have really just scratched the surface of their potential, both young men are integral parts of our future,” McCartney said in a club statement.
Macrae said he was looking forward to remaining at Whitten Oval for the next three years.
“It was a pretty easy decision as soon as it was put forward. I was pretty keen to sign it and put it away,” Macrae said.
“We’ve got a pretty tight-knit young group here and everyone’s got a great vibe.”
Stringer said it was an easy decision to commit to the Bulldogs.
“I want to stay here for the rest of my career so it was an easy decision to stay with the club,” Stringer said.
“We’ve got an exciting group, in the next two or three years, hopefully we’ve got 60 or 70 games under our belt and hopefully we can strive towards something great.”