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Western Bulldogs recruit Josh Bruce says WA recruit Tim English set for stellar season

He’s the West Aussie likened to star Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy.

And now new Bulldogs recruit Josh Bruce says he’s pumped to see just how good WA young gun Tim English can become in season 2020.

New Western Bulldogs recruit Josh Bruce is tipping WA ruckman Tim English to shine in 2020.New Western Bulldogs recruit Josh Bruce is tipping WA ruckman Tim English to shine in 2020.
Camera IconNew Western Bulldogs recruit Josh Bruce is tipping WA ruckman Tim English to shine in 2020. Credit: Daniel Wilkins

Speaking to SEN, Bruce admitted he was impressed by English’s ability.

“He’s one of those players that kind of just flew under the radar for me,” Bruce said.

“I didn’t really comprehend his ability and how good he was.

“To realise he’s only 22 years old and to see the things he’s doing as a big man, I’ve never seen a ruckman do things like that.”

English, who was snared with pick 19 in the 2016 AFL Draft after boarding at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth, played 20 games in 2019.

He averaged 13 disposals and 19 hitouts per game, and even picked up his first career Brownlow Medal vote, against Fremantle at Optus Stadium in round 6.

Just two months later, the Doggies moved quickly to lock away the promising 205cm ruckman, extending his deal at Whitten Oval until the end of 2022.

Together with WA mate Aaron Naughton, the duo are widely considered the future of the Western Bulldogs, and Bruce can see why.

“I don’t want to put the mozz on him, but I think (English’s) primed to have a pretty good season,” Bruce said.

“The way he moves reminds me of Brodie Grundy.

“He’s still very young and has a long way to go but his attitude is sensational.”

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