Western Bulldogs’ head coach Luke Beveridge is asking the team’s fans to be patients with the development of high-profile forward Tom Boyd. The 19-year-old, who was recruited from the Greater Western Sydney Giants, was acquired by the Bulldogs at the end of the 2014 campaign in a trade which saw Ryan Griffin go the other way. Boyd then signed a seven-year, multi-million dollar contract with his new club and has missed just one match this season, which was due to injury. Be sure t back your team each round of the year with a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet.
However, Boyd still hasn’t hit his top form yet and played for the Bulldogs’ VFL squad while the senior team took on the Collingwood Magpies on July 26. Beveridge said Boyd hasn’t done anything wrong this season and he was basically left out of the clash against Collingwood because of team balance. The coach remarked,
We’re rapt with his progress, and if it wasn’t for the price tag, no one would be talking about it. He’s 19 years old, he’s missed one game and he’s been enormous for us. He’s been so critical in all of our wins, really, just giving us that contest.
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Beveridge said the team also needs to develop other young players and he felt the time was right to give Boyd a bit of a break. The Bulldogs’ midfield has suffered some injuries this year and Koby Stevens is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a fractured heel. This means he’s likely to be out for the year unless the Bulldogs can enjoy an extended run into the finals. Tom Liberatore is also on the shelf with a serious knee injury and it’s unclear when he’ll be back. Remember to look over the latest odds before making your CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet.
According to Beveridge, Boyd will end up being be a key player for the Western Bulldogs for years to come. However, at his age, it might not happen overnight. But like all other members of the Bulldogs, Boyd’s place in the lineup will be based on merit and not the length or cost of his contract. No matter which footy team you support, you can back them each week of the season with a weekly CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet.