Jack Redpath happy plying his trade with Bulldogs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Jack Redpath of the Bulldogs kicks the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Jack Redpath of the Bulldogs kicks the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) Michael Dodge

Especially after the three-goal effort by the imposing 194cm key forward for the Bulldogs against Gold Coast in Cairns last week.

Redpath, who has played just AFL games in three seasons, laughs at the prospect of being prized out of the kennel, however.

"Not yet anyway," he says.
"Hopefully the Doggies will keep me for a little bit longer."

Redpath is certainly feeling more at home in the Bulldogs senior line-up than he has previously.

The 24-year-old was plucked from bush footy in country Victoria three years ago by club scouts, and has had to be patient, particularly with Tom Boyd being recruited to the club this season and joining Jake Stringer, Jarrad Grant and Stewart Crameri in a powerful forward line.

He debuted last year, and was in the team for round one this season, but "didn't have the greatest game, and had to go back and work on a few things".

He returned in round 14 and has grabbed his latest chance.

"If you're playing well and doing the right things, applying forward pressure, bringing the ball to ground and creating opportunities for other players, there is a spot there for someone who can do that,'' he said.

"Bevo (coach Luke Beveridge) is big on if you come in and play your role you'll hold your spot. When you start going away from that and playing selfish footy, that's when you'll lose it.

"At the moment I'm feeling really comfortable with where I'm sitting."

Now 99kg, Redpath said he has had to shed some kilos in order to make a bigger impact. "The first few years I was about 103kg. It doesn't sound much, but three or four kilos is a lot when you're running the full two hours," he said.

Redpath will spearhead the Bulldogs' attack against Geelong at Simonds Stadium today, and in particular Cats defenders Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor.

A carpenter by trade, Redpath says he returned home to Kyneton during the Dogs bye weekend "to give mum a hand around the house - she had a few odd jobs for me"

"I haven't lost it, but I don't want to have to go back to it (carpentry) just yet," he says with a laugh.


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