Dog’s life for former Docker
It has been two years since Paul Duffield left the big smoke to return to his farming roots, but he has not lost his competitive streak.
The former Fremantle Dockers defender is putting his mate Blue through his paces ahead of the 2017 Cobber Challenge.
Blue is one of 12 contestants in the running to be crowned Australia’s hardest-working dog.
The seven-year-old kelpie cross will wear a GPS collar for three weeks from Monday to record the speed, distance and duration of his work on his Darkan farm.
Duffield, 32, retired from football at the end of the 2015 season after 171 games at Fremantle.
There were opportunities for him to stay in Perth but he wanted to try his hand at farming.
Now, his mind is made up.
“I thought it would be better to go back, get away from the city . . . get back to my roots a little bit,” Duffield said.
Blue helps him manage more than 10,000 sheep on 4000ha.
Paul Duffield, former Docker now farmer, back on his family's Darkan farm, with seven-year-old kelpie cross Blue.