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“He is flying at the moment,” Lloyd said. “He’s got a really bright future ahead of him. He is tall. He is quick. He has been running with all the mids in the pre-season and he has put on a lot of size and is strong in the gym so it’s a pretty high ceiling for him.”

The Bulldogs will travel to Whyalla for their final Marsh Series hitout next Saturday against Port Adelaide with a strong complement of players to pick from.

Tim English has had a strong pre-season for the Bulldogs.

Tim English has had a strong pre-season for the Bulldogs.Credit:AAP

Easton Wood also played in the intra-club after missing last week’s match against North Melbourne and he was joined by Matt Suckling and new recruit Josh Bruce.

Midfielder Tom Liberatore is moving closer to joining full training while Aaron Naughton is touch and go for round one after he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee last weekend.

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Taylor Duryea and Lin Jong are also in the rehabilitation group.

Lloyd, who played every game and was the club’s leading goalkicker last season after crossing from Richmond, said competition for spots inside the forward 50 was strong.

The smart forward who turns 30 this week has extended his contract with the Bulldogs until the end of 2021 but he has no intention of resting on his laurels.

“There are going to be healthy options for spots up there so yeah I will have to pull the finger out,” Lloyd said.

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