Wantaway AFL star breaks trade silence

Josh Dunkley wanted out of the Western Bulldogs, he made his demands clear he wanted to join Essendon as he sought more midfield time.

His manager Liam Pickering announced the star’s hopes to depart the club, a demand that blindsided the Bulldogs.

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Of course as the AFL Trade Period played out, the Bulldogs held firm on their respective demands from the Bombers to facilitate the move.

The Bulldogs were chasing two first-round picks for the 23-year-old midfield star, who has two years remaining on his contract. Essendon refused to meet the Dogs needs and time expired, leaving Dunkley as a member of the Bulldogs.

Dunkley for the first time since the fallout to his trade demands and trade failings, has broken his silence on it all.

“In the back of my mind I knew that it was a possibility after coming out and asking to go to Essendon, but with all respect the Bulldogs really held onto me and made it a challenge for Essendon to get me,” he told reporters.

“It’s nice to be able to know that you are wanted at the club now. I’m really excited to get back there and get to work.”

Dunkley is ready to earn back the respect of his teammates.Source:News Corp Australia

Dunkley wanted to join the Bombers after his percentage of centre bounces attended dropped from 63 per cent in 2019 all the way down to just 36 per cent in 2020 at the Bulldogs.

His return to the Bulldogs and his request for more midfield time becomes a touch harder now after the Dogs brought in unwanted Pies midfield star Adam Treloar.

Dunkley says he’s not only caught up with coach Luke Beveridge, but has spoken to his new midfield teammate and is looking forward to getting back on the track with his teammates.

“I let the dust settle a little bit and then caught up with (Beveridge), I actually drove out to his place. We had a good chat and I’ve spoken to him a lot through the process as well.

“I’ll definitely put it all to one side (and) I think it’ll be exciting to go back,” he said.

“The boys have made me feel really comfortable. It’s nice to be able to go back now and really put my head down and earn that respect, if I have lost any.

“You’ve got to really put your head down and work hard and that’s what I’m going to do.

“When it didn’t go through I was back at it the next day training and looking forward to what we can do in 2021.”

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