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Bulldog Ward set to join AFL side GWS

31/08/2011 09:12:46 AM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs midfielder Callan Ward has reportedly decided to join fledgling AFL franchise Greater Western Sydney on a five-year deal.

Ward has been linked to GWS throughout the year and The Age says the Giants have now secured his services on a hefty contract believed to be worth $750,000-$800,000 a year.

Ward is expected to make his departure public by next week, most likely after the Bulldogs' final game against Fremantle on Saturday.

The Bulldogs were said to have offered Ward a three-year deal worth $1.3 million, a tiny sum compared to GWS' front-ended contract, worth between $3.75 million and $4 million.

Ward's departure would mean he joins Adelaide's Phil Davis as the Giants' AFL recruits for their maiden season in 2012.

Furthermore, the Bulldogs would join the Crows as the only clubs to be stung twice by the AFL's expansion.

The `Dogs lost Jarrod Harbrow to Gold Coast last year, while Nathan Bock's exit from Adelaide last season was followed by Phil Davis' mid-season defection to the Giants.

Melbourne young gun Tom Scully, who was taken with the No.1 pick in the 2009 draft, remains the Giants' main target, while other recruits could emerge at season's end.

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