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Lloyd ready for fresh start at The Kennel

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin’s Sam Lloyd is keen for a fresh start in his career, after joining the Western Bulldogs during the AFL Trade Period last month.

The former Deni Ram arrived at the Bulldogs via a trade with Richmond in October, opening up potential of more game time at senior level.

He said while his time with the Tigers was enjoyable, the Bulldogs provided an opportunity for a fresh start with a young list full of potential one of many factors in the 28 year-old’s decision to make The Kennel his home.

Lloyd said he saw the potential of the Dogs’ list first hand when he was a spectator their narrow loss to the Tigers in round 23 this year.

The small forward said he was instantly impressed by the potential of the young side when speaking with westernbulldogs.com.au.

“I was really impressed by the game style, the way they played,” he said.

“Seeing how young the Bulldogs are and how much potential is in the team is exciting.”

Lloyd played 57 games and kicked 69 goals for the Tigers, after being selected with pick 66 in the 2013 National Draft.

His versatility to play up forward and through the middle of the ground was appealing enough for the Dogs to recruit him.

While playing the majority of his time in the middle of the ground at VFL level the past two years, Lloyd is hopeful for a return to the forward line.

‘‘I obviously started my career up forward and played most of my footy there,’’ he said.

‘‘Over the past couple of years at Richmond I moved into the midfield which I really enjoyed.

‘‘I’m probably a forward at heart, I guess. I’m probably looking to play a bit forward and then pinch hitting in the middle when they need me.

‘‘(But) we’ll start in a couple of weeks and that could change.’’

Lloyd already has a connection with his new club, having attended Geelong Grammar with Dogs’ skipper Easton Wood.

The 2017 Norm Goss Medallist said he already felt at home at VU Whitten Oval.

‘‘They’re fantastic blokes, really laid back. I can just tell it’s a really great vibe here already,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been really impressive how easy going and approachable everyone has been.

‘‘I don’t start for another couple of weeks but I’m really excited and I know that everyone will make me feel comfortable.

‘‘I’m looking forward to getting underway.’’

Lloyd will have his first run with the Bulldogs on Monday, November 19.