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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan set to stay at the Western Bulldogs

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Western Bulldogs young gun Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is close to signing a new deal to stay at the club, multiple sources say.

Numerous rumours have circulated surrounding the future of the Dogs' key forward, but the 21-year-old is expected to stay put at the Whitten Oval.

Ugle-Hagan has established himself as one of the most talented young forwards in the competition and has started the 2024 season in impressive form.

After a strong pre-season and solid showing in the Bulldogs' AAMI Community Series win over Hawthorn, Ugle-Hagan booted two goals from 14 disposals in the loss to Melbourne last week.

The length of Ugle-Hagan's new deal is still yet to be finalised but it is expected to be a two-year or four-year contract extension.

Herald Sun reporter Sam Landsberger said during the week that Bulldogs 'could not be more confident they will get their man'.

"What I can tell you is that Bulldog fans, I think they can breathe a big sigh of relief," Landsberger told Fox Footy.

Western Bulldogs forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is closing in on a new deal to stay at the club. (Image: AFL/Getty Images)

"My firm understanding is that Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is clearly the most likely to re-sign – could be mid-season, could even be by the bye.

"I think it's going to be a two or three-year extension until about 2026 or 2027 – so just shy of free agency.

"I don't think there's too many complicating factors here – the godfather offers are coming in, but Jamarra will stay at The Kennel."

Ugle-Hagan has played 46 games for the Bulldogs since being selected with the first overall pick in the 2020 AFL National Draft.

The Bulldogs had access to select the star junior player due to being a member of the club's Next Generation Academy.

He has drawn plenty of interest from rival clubs, including Richmond and Hawthorn – who have reportedly offered him deals worth well over a million dollars per season.

Landsberger said that Ugle-Hagan has felt well supported by the club and formed strong friendships during his three seasons on the list.

"His best mate at the club is the bloke he shares the forward-line with in Aaron Naughton (and) he's super tight with Marcus Bontempelli," he said.

"Both Jamarra and his family (have) felt so supported by the club."


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