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Dogs veteran will wait to decide future

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Dale Morris has backed fellow Western Bulldogs premiership hero and AFL veteran Matthew Boyd to keep playing.

Boyd's future is an immediate issue for the Bulldogs after Saturday's fairytale premiership.

The 282-game backman is 34 and he said in the wake of the grand final win that he would take some time to decide his future.

But Boyd was again among the best players against Sydney and this season earned his third All-Australian selection.

"For sure - look at him. He's going really well." Morris said on Sunday.

Boyd said his only priority for now was to enjoy the premiership celebrations.

"Obviously I've really enjoyed my last couple of years of footy and it's all culminated in a premiership," he told Channel Seven's Game Day.

"I will let this sink in and make a decision in a couple of weeks, or however long it takes."

The Dogs put contract talks on hold until after the grand final, following a frank mid-season conversation between Boyd and Luke Beveridge.

But the coach revealed in the week leading up to the preliminary final that Boyd would be given the opportunity to play on next year should he so choose.

Boyd admitted to amazement at what the Bulldogs had done in the last couple of years under Beveridge.

The club looked in freefall during the 2014-15 summer, but the 'Dogs overcame a shocking run with injuries this season to win only their second flag.

"I even got a bit emotional during the week and before the game, just in my quiet time, thinking about what this footy club has been through and the opportunity that we had to do something special together," Boyd said.

"We've never put a ceiling on ourselves, we've never put a timeframe on when we could have success.

"It just shows that if you've got belief in each other and belief in the way that we play then anything's possible."

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