Decorated Western Bulldogs veteran and former captain Matthew Boyd is set to play on in 2015, having been offered a new contract by the club.
Boyd, who turns 32 next month, has decided to play on and the Bulldogs are close to an agreement on a one-year contract.
He would join fellow veteran Robert Murphy, who also has agreed to a one-year contract extension.
Boyd has enjoyed a strong 2014 and provided stability to a developing midfield that balances experience with talented youth. He has fared better with injury than last year, when his season was interrupted by a broken cheekbone and a calf injury that confined him to just 13 games.
The two-time All-Australian, who captained the club for three seasons – 2011-13 – has averaged 27.5 disposals a game in 2014 and played all but three games, making him one of the most consistent players at the Western Bulldogs.
While Boyd’s position at Whitten Oval is assured for next year, the future of Shaun Higgins is unsettled, with the free agent yet to commit to the club for next year. Higgins has been offered a two-year contract by the Bulldogs.
If they wished, the Bulldogs could place Boyd, Murphy, skipper Ryan Griffen, Will Minson and Adam Cooney on the veterans list and create a significantly larger salary cap for 2015, though clubs that take up the maximum veterans allowance are typically either in premiership contention, or financially strong.
Under new rules, clubs will be allowed to ”bank” money when they do not pay 100 per cent of their total player payments, using the amount saved in a subsequent season. Daniel Giansiracusa is the only player on the Dogs’ veterans list in 2014.
Boyd, who won the club best and fairest in 2009, is one of four 200-game players at the Bulldogs, along with Giansiracusa, Murphy and Cooney, with Griffen poised to join them.Continue reading →