Stringbean ruckman Tim English is preparing to stack on the kilos and be patient in his pursuit of AFL-level gametime after being selected as the top draft choice of reigning AFL premiers Western Bulldogs
The agile and mobile 205cm West Australian was widely regarded as the best big man in the draft.
A good ball distributor in addition to being strong overhead, English won All Australian honours at the AFL under 18 championships.
Chosen 19th in the draft, English will add depth to the Bulldogs ruck stocks which were often stretched throughout the 2016 season, and even during their unforgettable finals campaign.
With a light frame and weighing around 91 to 92 kilos, English knows he needs to bulk up before being able to bang bodies with more seasoned and physically developed ruckmen.
He would regard playing senior footy in 2017 as a bonus but would leap at any opportunity given to him as he builds his body.
“I’ll go through with the club and work out what I can do to improve my strength and I”m sure diet and gym will be a huge part of that,” he told AAP.
“Physically I need to develop quite a bit.
“As a development player, as a sort of skinny ruckman , those extra few years that I could have on the list before I get that opportunity could really help my game.”
Not surprisingly English is excited at the prospect of feeding the ferocious Bulldogs midfield, which took this year’s competition by storm with their passion for the contest.
English hails from the WA country town of Pingelly, which despite a small population has produced a number of AFL players..
Foremost among them is St KIlda legend Nicky Winmar, while more recently it has spawned Leroy Jetta and Corey Gault with English having played a little alongside the latter.