Posted: 7 October, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
Jong Staying At The Kennel
Bulldogs midfielder turns down rival offers, re-signs for two years
(Image: AFL Media)
Western Bulldogs hard nut Lin Jong has resisted overtures from Gold Coast and Collingwood and re-signed with the reigning premiers.
Jong controversially toured Collingwood’s facilities earlier this year and, at that stage, looked destined to join Nathan Buckley’s team this trade period.
After the Magpies pulled out of the race for Jong’s services, the Suns loomed as the most likely destination for the 23-year-old.
But the midfielder will now remain at Whitten Oval for the next two years at least.
Jong said after taking time to consider his position, it was clear that he wanted to remain a Bulldogs player.
“There are a number of factors I considered before signing, and in the end it was quite obvious that the things I was looking for, were right in front of me,” Jong said.
“I have the best chance of improving my football here, but also to play with this group of players, and under this group of coaches, is everything I could ask for.
“I’m just so proud to be a Western Bulldogs player and look forward to playing a part in its growth into the future.”
Jong enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, playing 16 of his 39 career games and averaging 17 disposals (eight contested) and four tackles a game. He also kicked 13 goals.
Despite overcoming a broken collarbone suffered in the Second Elimination Final against West Coast and being adjudged best on ground in Footscray’s VFL premiership, he was unluckily overlooked for a spot in the team that sensationally broke the Bulldogs’ 62-year AFL premiership drought against Sydney last week.
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