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Bulldog Daniel keen to line up on gun Hawk

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016 Michael Ramsey

Western Bulldogs young gun Caleb Daniel says he's ready for whatever the AFL finals have to throw at him, including a possible tagging job on Hawthorn prime mover Sam Mitchell.

The 20-year-old played an important shut-down role on the Hawks veteran when the two sides clashed in round three and could be called upon to replicate it in Friday's AFL semi-final at the MCG.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge hasn't told Daniel what his role will be yet but the Rising Star runner-up says he won't shy away from lining up on the evergreen Mitchell.

"I'm sure we'll cross paths at some stage in the game, as you do with every player," Daniel said on Tuesday.

"If it comes to that, it comes to that.

"I look forward to any challenge Bevo and the coaching staff throw at me."

Daniel was outstanding in the Bulldogs' elimination final win over West Coast, gathering 33 disposals at 76 per cent efficiency and sending the ball inside their forward 50 eight times.

With 21 games under his belt this season, Daniel has matured since his finals debut last year and improved his tank running through the midfield.

He says the Bulldogs are full of confidence after turfing West Coast out of the finals with a powerhouse performance at Domain Stadium.

"The morale around the group was incredible," Daniel said.

"The belief we had that we going over to Perth was tremendous and then to be able to put in a performance like we did and get the win was something special."

Hawthorn are proven finals performers, and Daniel admits there's no bigger task than beating them in an MCG final.

But the Bulldogs' tenacity at the contest against West Coast has left Daniel believing they can match it with the experienced Hawks.

"I think they'll come out with some aggression, as they always do," he said.

"They like to stamp their authority on the game so I think both teams will come out pretty hard and attack the contest, which will be good. It's finals footy and that's what it's all about."

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