Beveridge to steer Western Bulldogs for three more years

Luke Beveridge addresses the Western Bulldogs team. (Picture by Adam Trafford/Ballarat Courier)

By Lance Jenkinson

Western Bulldogs have shown confidence in senior coach Luke Beveridge, extending his contract until the end of the 2023 AFL season.

Beveridge’s original deal with the Bulldogs was set to expire at the end of next season, but a three-year contract extension will ward off any potential suitors for his services.

The 48-year-old arrived at the Bulldogs in late 2014 and is into his fifth season as coach of the side.

He will forever be revered at the kennel for leading the Bulldogs to their drought breaking second premiership in 2016.

Beveridge has ushered in a new era for the Western Bulldogs.

The young and talented squad is showing promising signs and he will be entrusted as the person to guide the Bulldogs to their next glory.

‘Bevo’, as he is known, is thrilled to re-sign with the Bulldogs.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue in my capacity as the senior coach of this brilliant club through to 2023,” Beveridge said.

“It is such a privilege to work with so many great people who do an outstanding job of guiding and nurturing our young men.

“It is also an honour to be associated with a club that does so much in the community and continues to provoke thought around our social conscience and what we can do for others.

“I have been very fortunate to feel the affection and the support from our passionate fans.

“We do this for each other, but ultimately, we do it for our supporters and we aim to make you proud of your club.

“It is a responsibility I will continue to manage with the weight it deserves as we strive to be the best team again.”

Western Bulldogs have been active in recent months with re-signing of key playing personnel.

Prior to securing Beveridge’s signature, the Bulldogs locked away youngsters Patrick Lipinski, Lachie Hunter, Aaron Naughton, Caleb Daniel, Josh Dunkley, TIm English and this week Lewis Young.

Bulldogs chief executive officer Ameet Bains believes the side is on the right track for success in the not too distant future.

“We have a young playing group which clearly has belief in what we’re building towards, and to extend Luke’s contract and have his commitment further reflects the confidence in our future,” Bains said.

“We’ve been in discussions with Luke for a while about an extension, and we’re thrilled to have formalised the new deal.

“Luke has clearly demonstrated his coaching ability, as well as a profound way of connecting with his players, with a capacity to build strong relationships with the people around him.

“Not only has he been incredibly significant for the football side of our club, but he is a strong leader and role model for our staff, our partners, and our members and fans.

“We look forward to the future with a great deal of excitement and optimism.”