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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Sanctions not causing a distraction at the Bulldogs

South Fremantle midfielder Jacob Dragovich is confident the sanctions pinned on the club for salary cap breaches are not a distraction for the playing group.

The WAFC announced last month an audit had uncovered the club had unintentionally breached the total player payments limit in the 2021 season, with the penalties imposed on the club including the loss of eight premiership points for this season.

Dragovich told Sports Breakfast the players were focusing on what they can control.

“We had a big summer and we’re really excited for the season ahead and we don’t want to let that get in the way,” Dragovich said.

“This weekend is a big game for us and if we can get the win, we come back to zero points and it’s a fresh slate for us.

“We try to focus on our work that we’ve done in the summer and focusing on our game plan moving forward and trying to block that out as much as possible.”

Dragovich, who has played 114 games for the Bulldogs including the 2020 premiership win, has returned to the club this year after a season with the Eaton Boomers in the South West Football League.

The 27 year old said coming back to Fremantle Oval was an easy decision.

“I really enjoy playing at that high level and I did miss that a little bit last year and I wanted to challenge myself,” he said.

“I love getting down [to the club] and my family, I’ve got a three year old and a one year old now, and my daughter’s loving it at the moment.

“It was nice for me to have her down and let her see me playing some high level footy, so that’s pretty much what drove me to come back.”

After registering a 43 point win over West Coast last weekend, the Bulldogs will travel to Revo Fitness Stadium to take on premiership favourites Claremont, with Dragovich saying the Tigers were a quality side.

“They played really well last week, obviously knocked off the reigning premiers,” he said. “Always a tough matchup and one we look forward to, so really looking forward to tomorrow.”

All five WAFL games kick off at 2:10 pm on Saturday.



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