Finals specialist signs on with Dogs


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Highlights: North v Bulldogs

Liam Picken celebrates a goal. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

THE Western Bulldogs have received a boost heading into Round 5, with utility Liam Picken turning his back on free agency and signing a new two-year deal.

The contract will see Picken remain at the club until the end of the 2019 season, when he’ll be 33.

“Liam has been a reliable player and great teammate for such a long time with his attack on the footy and toughness,” list manager Jason McCartney told the club’s website.

“It’s also been great to see him complement these attributes with the growth in the offensive side to his game over the past couple of years.

“His consistency in work rate, attitude and professionalism has enabled Liam to perform very well in big games, evident throughout the 2016 finals series.”

Originally drafted as a mature-aged rookie, Picken has played 180 games for the Bulldogs since making his debut in 2009.

The midfielder originally made a name for himself as a tagger but has reinvented himself under Luke Beveridge as a goalkicking midfielder.

A key member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership side, Picken was named the club’s player of the finals after four strong performances, including 25 disposals and three goals in the grand final.

The picture of consistency, Picken has played 20 or more games in every season since his debut.

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