It’s back to future for new Bulldog
TAYLOR Duryea has revealed how a Bulldogs plan to lock him into a permanent role in defence next year as well as the opportunity to reunite with Luke Beveridge helped convince him to make a fresh start at Whitten Oval.
The 27-year-old two-time premiership Hawk was offered a oneyear deal to stay at Waverley, but had been offered longer-term security to move to Sydney or the Western Bulldogs.
After wrestling with the decision, he ultimately chose the security the Bulldogs were prepared to offer him and has joined forces with his close mate Matt Suckling, who made a similar move at the end of 2015.
He had previously forged a close link with Beveridge when the now Bulldogs coach was the Hawks’ defensive coach under Alastair Clarkson.
“I don’t think anyone goes into a career and thinks about moving [clubs],” Duryea said.
“I’ll always be grateful for what Hawthorn did for me and for the experiences I had at the club.
“But there were opportunities to reinvigorate and refresh for further challenges, so I think that was part of the appeal [of moving].
“I had a great relationship with [Beveridge] when he was an assistant [at Hawthorn] and I have got nothing but the utmost respect for him. It definitely played a part in the decision. Going to a new club [knowing the coach] eliminates some of the unknowns.”
Part of the club’s sell to Duryea was that they saw him playing almost exclusively in defence, where he has played his best football, which he found exciting after a few seasons alternating between back half and roles in attack.