It’s back to fu­ture for new Bull­dog

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - GLENN McFARLANE

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.

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