Off the leash: Fit Bulldogs set to run opponents ragged

WESTERN Bulldogs fans can expect to see an exciting brand of football at Whitten Oval in 2020. 

With four new top-10 draftees, Bulldogs coach Nathan Burke has emphasised a ballistic game style that could result in high scoring.

Captain Ellie Blackburn said Burke will not accept losing games based on running power. 

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"He (Burke) came in day one of pre-season and said 'we won't lose games because we're not fit enough'," Blackburn said.

"Running has definitely been one of the benchmarks of the pre-season so far."

Despite a huge list overhaul, the Bulldogs are serious about surprising teams every week and making a finals charge. 

"There's no point coming in here just to have a 'development year' and try and grow and get game time into girls," Blackburn said.

"We want to win games and aim to play finals and go all the way.

"No excuses for us, we definitely want to do everything we can to win as many games as possible."

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There's no excuses on the injury front for the Bulldogs either, with all their key players fit and firing ahead of the season. 

New vice-captain Brooke Lochland has set the standard in the running sessions, with the talented forward finally fit after missing a majority of the 2019 season with a broken leg.

Lochland fractured her right fibula in a pre-season game and returned in round five, but she wasn't able to hit the same heights she did in 2018 when she led the League in goalkicking. 

Brooke Lochland is ready to step up after recovering from a broken leg. Picture: Getty Images

The rehabilitation process gave Lochland a whole new perspective about football, after not missing a game in her first two seasons. 

"I've learned a lot about myself and a lot about the girls," Lochland said.

"I feel like I've come out a different person.

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"I finally feel like myself again with my body and the understanding of my footy ability."

The Bulldogs will host Geelong in a pre-season match at Whitten Oval on Saturday at 10.30am.