Western Bulldogs, Lachie Hunter, personal leave

Western Bulldogs star midfielder Lachie Hunter is taking indefinite leave from the AFL to address personal issues, the club have revealed.

The Bulldogs said the decision was made following internal discussions and the club would support the 27-year-old, who also took time off for personal reasons in July 2020.

“Lachie had some personal issues for a while,” Bulldogs head of football Chris Grant said.

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“After some recent internal discussions, it was determined and agreed with Lachie that the best course of action for him was to spend some time away from the club while he dealt with his personal issues.

“We will continue to support Lachie during his leave, with his personal well-being being the only priority for everyone in the immediate term.

“During this period of absence from the football programme, Lachie will not play at either AFL or VFL level.

“We expect Lachie’s privacy to be respected during this time.”

Hunter has played 167 games in the AFL since joining the Bulldogs via the 2012 National Draft.

The former Bulldogs vice-captain has played in four of five senior games this season.

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