Power back at Bulldogs as list manager

Former Western Bulldogs’ utility Sam Power is replacing Jason McCartney as the club’s list and recruiting manager.

He will be responsible for TPP management, contracting and player acquisition.

The 34-year-old has been working in Carlton’s football department since 2014 as integrity and operations manager, performing a range of roles including talent identification at the Blues.

He completed a law degree at Melbourne University and played 84 games at the Western Bulldogs and 39 games with North Melbourne between 2002-2009.

The role became vacant when McCartney joined Greater Western Sydney as a list manager last month, a little more than 12 months after the Bulldogs won the flag.

Dogs’ recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple and McCartney built a list that was the envy of many clubs when they won the 2016 premiership under the guidance of senior coach Luke Beveridge, who was in his second season at the club.

But the Bulldogs missed the finals in 2017 and new CEO Ameet Bains, who finished up with St Kilda to start at the Bulldogs in early December, took the opportunity that McCartney’s departure presented to examine the recruiting department’s structure in consultation with football director Chris Grant.

The Bulldogs have made some superb selections at the national draft in recent years with Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae, Caleb Daniel, Josh Dunkley, Toby McLean and the recently traded Jake Stringer all playing critical roles in the club’s drought-breaking premiership.

At the 2017 national draft they added defender Aaron Naughton, line-breaker Ed Richards and determined midfielder Callum Porter, while also adding talented young forward Josh Schache, midfielder Hayden Crozier and utility Jackson Trengove during the trade period.

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