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The Collingwood draftee who could be “more skilful” than star brother


Western Bulldogs midfielder Jack Macrae is one of the most in-form players in the competition right now, but believes his younger brother and Collingwood draftee Finlay is even more skilful.

The older Macrae has averaged 36 touches so far this season, as well as four marks and three tackles while, Finlay - who was taken with pick 19 in last year's draft - is on the cusp of making his debut for the Pies after impressing during his first AFL pre-season.

“He’s probably more skilful and a bit more versatile (than me) I think,” Jack Macrae said on Sportsday about his younger brother.

“He’s really enjoyed his start to his career and fingers crossed a debut is coming sooner rather than later.

"Collingwood is a terrific side and he’s got some great mentors there which I’m sure he’s learning a lot from.”

The Bulldogs have won their first three games of the season and are one of the most in-form sides in the competition right now, with competitive tensions for spots in the side heating up.

Coach Luke Beveridge dropped vice-captain Mitch Wallis before the club’s Round 3 clash over North Melbourne, while 2016 Norm Smith Medallist Jason Johannisen was left out for the opening two rounds of the season.

Macrae said Beveridge is strong on rewarding form at VFL level, with no one safe if they perform poorly at AFL level.

“It’s probably something we haven’t had for a few years,” he said on the club’s current depth.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate with injury and our depth, but you’re probably under pressure if you have a few quiet games and (Luke Beveridge) has also been pretty strong on integrity in selection.

“If there’s people playing better than you in the VFL, there’s no reason why they should get an opportunity.

“There’s always a thousand different things that brings pressure in the AFL, so you have to keep fronting up every week and hope that the rest looks after itself.”

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