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AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016 Jason Phelan and Roger Vaughan

Western Bulldogs player profiles ahead of Saturday's AFL grand final against Sydney at the MCG:

BACKS

39. Jason Johanissen

Age: 23. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 63. Goals: 18. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

Missed a large chunk of the season with a serious hamstring injury but lost none of his dash and flair after returning in round 15.

30. Joel Hamling

Age: 23. Ht: 194cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 22. Goals: 0. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Dour tall defender worked his way back into the side in round 19. Doesn't get big numbers but plays his role in a stifling Dogs' defence.

5. Matthew Boyd

Age: 34. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 281. Goals: 83. Finals: 15. Grand finals: 0.

His poise and leadership across half-back have been crucial in the absence of injured skipper Bob Murphy. All Australian for a third time this year.

HALF BACKS

24. Shane Biggs

Age: 25. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 84kg. Games: 41. Goals: 7. Finals: 6. Grand finals: 0.

Mid-sized defender has enjoyed a breakout season, playing all 25 games. Had a career-high 35 touches against Fremantle in round one.

38. Dale Morris

Age: 33. Ht: 190cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 229. Goals: 3. Finals: 13. Grand finals: 0.

Evergreen defender continues to attack any task he's given with great vigour. Is capable of playing on Cyril Rioli one week and Lance Franklin the next.

10. Easton Wood

Age: 27. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 87kg. Games: 106. Goals: 15. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Elite defender and intercept mark specialist who has stood in as skipper in Bob Murphy's absence. Missed a month with an ankle injury after round 10.

CENTRES

7. Lachie Hunter

Age: 21. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 61. Goals: 26. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Key cog in the Dogs' midfield. Has played every game this season, averaging 28 disposals, with a career-high 44 touches against North Melbourne in round six.

4. Marcus Bontempelli

Age: 20. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 91kg. Games: 62. Goals: 58. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Star midfielder who can swing a game off his own boot. Has an uncanny knack of stepping up in key moments when his side most need him.

42. Liam Picken

Age: 30. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 175. Goals: 60. Finals: 10. Grand finals: 0.

Once-dour tagger who continues to enjoy a career rejuvenation up forward or on a wing. Kicked three goals in the semi-final win against Hawthorn.

HALF FORWARDS

11. Jack Macrae

Age: 22. Ht: 191cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 76. Goals: 19. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Fought back from a hamstring injury suffered in round 19 to be a key finals contributor. Dominated in the semi-final win over Hawthorn with 39 touches.

12. Zaine Cordy

Age: 19. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 10. Goals: 7. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

Developing tall forward who broke into the side for his first game of the season in round 19. Kicked two goals in the preliminary final.

9. Jake Stringer

Age: 22. Ht: 192cm. Wt: 92kg. Games: 72. Goals: 135. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

At his best, the forward nicknamed The Package is a game-changer. Kicked 41 goals in 2016.

FORWARDS

29. Tory Dickson

Age: 28. Ht: 184cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 78. Goals: 135. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Mid-sized forward who is usually an excellent set-shot for goal. Important four-goal effort in the preliminary final win over the Giants.

17. Tom Boyd

Age: 21. Ht: 200cm. Wt: 103kg. Games: 37. Goals: 34. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

High-profile ruck-forward spent a large portion of the season in the VFL but has shown glimpses of his best since returning in round 17.

14. Clay Smith

Age: 23. Ht: 182cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 46. Goals: 34. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

Has overcome three knee reconstructions. Kicked four first-half goals in the preliminary final.

FOLLOWERS

23. Jordan Roughead

Age: 25. Ht: 200cm. Wt: 99kg. Games: 41. Goals: 7. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

A key member of the Bulldogs' midfield. Recovered from an eye injury in the preliminary final.

6. Luke Dahlhaus

Age: 24. Ht: 179cm. Wt: 77kg. Games: 114. Goals: 34. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Important midfield runner, missed six weeks with a knee injury in round 12.

21. Tom Liberatore

Age: 24. Ht: 183cm. Wt: 83kg. Games: 97. Goals: 32. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

Looked in big trouble when he badly rolled his ankle in round 19 against Geelong but has returned to play a key role in the Dogs' midfield set-up.

INTERCHANGE

16. Toby McLean

Age: 20. Ht: 180cm. Wt: 78kg. Games: 18. Goals: 15. Finals: 2. Grand finals: 0.

A valuable contributor after being left out of the elimination-final side.

18. Fletcher Roberts

Age: 23. Ht: 196cm. Wt: 90kg. Games: 36. Goals: 0. Finals: 2. Grand finals: 0.

Tall defender came in for his first final against the Giants.

20. Josh Dunkley

Age: 19. Ht: 189cm. Wt: 85kg. Games: 16. Goals: 9. Finals: 3. Grand finals: 0.

Rising Star nominee who will play against the team that could have had him as a father-son recruit.

35. Caleb Daniel

Age: 20. Ht: 168cm. Wt: 71kg. Games: 33. Goals: 17. Finals: 4. Grand finals: 0.

Diminutive midfielder who makes excellent decisions under pressure and disposes of the ball at elite level.

EMERGENCIES

1. Matt Suckling

Age: 28. Ht: 187cm. Wt: 80kg. Games: 119. Goals: 58. Finals: 11. Grand finals: 3.

Missed the preliminary final with an achilles injury.

15. Tom Campbell

Age: 24. Ht: 200cm. Wt: 106kg. Games: 35. Goals: 21. Finals: 0. Grand finals: 0.

Unlucky with injury this year but an important player at his best.

46. Lin Jong

Age: 23. Ht: 188cm. Wt: 88kg. Games: 39. Goals: 25. Finals: 2. Grand finals: 0.

Hard-luck story, having broken his collarbone in the elimination final. Best afield last week in Footscray's VFL grand final win.

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