Bulldogs set to unleash young gun

The Western Bulldogs will finally hand Jamarra Ugle-Hagan a highly-anticipated debut on Sunday against the Sydney Swans.

Ugle-Hagan was last year’s No. 1 draft pick but has not donned the Dogs’ colours in the AFL.

The 19-year-old key forward steps in as Aaron Naughton misses the clash because of a concussion.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge had named Ugle-Hagan as an emergency player on numerous occasions this season, but he had been unable to squeeze past Naughton or Josh Bruce due to their consistent form.

Ugle-Hagan has been in cracking form for Footscray in the VFL. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Ugle-Hagan had been playing in the VFL this season and showcased just why the Bulldogs made him the No. 1 pick, kicking 13 goals from just seven games with Footscray.

The young gun will be the Bulldogs’ sixth debutant this season, joining Anthony Scott, Lachie McNeil, Jordon Sweet, Buku Khamis and Riley Garcia.

Beveridge’s side is perched atop the ladder on 48 points alongside the Melbourne Demons but is closely tailed by Brisbane, Port Adelaide and Geelong, who all sit on 44 points.

Ugle-Hagan stands at a whopping 197cm tall and will look to use every inch of his large frame to edge the Dogs past a Swans team looking to build on an eye-watering 92-point victory over the West Coast Eagles.

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