Dogged Dahlhaus one to watch for GWS
The Western Bulldogs might have lost one young gun in Callan Ward but another has emerged as a cult hero at the Whitten Oval kennel.
Ward was lured away from the Bulldogs by Greater Western Sydney but Luke Dahlhaus remains and is emerging as an important brick in coach Brendan McCartney's rebuilding process.
Regardless of how good he was, Dahlhaus was always going to catch the eye - his long dreadlocks and uncompromising brand of footy ensure that.
He was a major factor in the Bulldogs' only win of the season - last weekend against the winless Melbourne Demons - racking up 23 possessions and kicking a goal in the hard-fought, 21-point victory at the MCG.
It was a performance his former teammate Ward took notice of and one the Giants co-captain hopes won't be repeated when the two teams clash at Manuka Oval today.
''He was great wasn't he,'' Ward said. ''He just keeps going and going, little Lukey Dahlhaus. Even his ball use has improved this year and he's one we have to look out for. I think nearly 40 per cent of his involvements ended up in scores so I think it worked out to be five of the 13 goals they scored he was involved in so he's definitely one we have to look out for and one we've been focusing on this week.''
Bulldogs veteran Robert Murphy said Dahlhaus was loved by the players just as much as the fans.
''[Dahlhaus] is a popular man with our supporters and most footy supporters but he's just as popular inside the four walls [of the club] because of the way he attacks the game,'' Murphy said.
''There's a lot of tactics trying to negate players and trying to negate opposition and teams but he's just a little bundle of positivity.''