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AFL Dogs Daniel, Treloar set to face Cats

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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says Caleb Daniel and Adam Treloar are likely to be selected for his side's important AFL clash with Geelong.

ADAM TRELOAR.
ADAM TRELOAR. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Caleb Daniel and Adam Treloar are both expected to be in the side when the Western Bulldogs trek down to face ladder leaders Geelong on Saturday night.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confirmed defender Daniel, who hasn't played since round 15 with a knee complaint, would be good to go for his side's important clash, while Treloar is also in line to play after being subbed off with a calf issue last weekend.

It leaves the Dogs stacked defensively, with Treloar impressing off half-back in Daniel's absence.

Asked how he'd reshuffle the side, Beveridge admitted he still had some choices to make.

"It's an answer I'm not prepared to divulge right now," he told reporters.

"It creates a healthy headache for us, our midfield depth has been there for a while, to have some depth across that half-back area is good for us."

The Bulldogs also looked the goods at the other end of the ground in their comeback 10-point win against Melbourne last weekend, particularly thanks to a starring five-goal haul from young gun Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

Beveridge noted the team had found 110 points with only two goals combined from power forwards Josh Bruce and Aaron Naughton.

"Obviously 'Marra was the one who got the lick of the ice cream, really stood out as far as hitting the scoreboard and the other two lads, they come into this game wanting more," he said.

"They probably didn't achieve what they both set out to achieve last week ... that's encouraging for us to kick 110 points and Brucey and Naughts not being at their absolute best.

"Geelong have got a pretty big sturdy defence so they've definitely got the bodies there to contend with big key forwards, so that struggle will be intriguing."

Asked if Ugle-Hagan had come of age with his career-high haul, Beveridge praised the 20-year-old's work ethic and acknowledged talls can take longer to find their feet at the top level.

"The critique starts really early when you get picked up in the draft, everyone just expects you to burst onto the scene and as we know if you're not an inside mid-type, it's a little bit more difficult to come of age and influence the competition quickly," he said.

"Unfortunately, some of the commentary and the analysts, they either don't realise it or they want to stir the pot unnecessarily.

"When the external commentary occurs, and it's sometimes pretty negative, the last thing you're going to have within our four walls is any negativity."

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