Rookie Roarke to Debut

Roarke Smith will become the Western Bulldogs’ seventh debutant of season 2015 – the equal most of any AFL Club – after Senior Coach Luke Beveridge revealed on Thursday morning the rookie-listed half back will line-up on Sunday.

The Bulldogs have elevated Smith onto the Club’s primary list as the mid-season rookie upgrade under AFL guidelines.

Smith will be eligible to play for the remainder of the season, regardless of how many players are on the Club’s senior list.

Turning 19 next month, Smith was recruited to the Kennel with pick five overall in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft from the Calder Cannons.

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