Wodonga will welcome back two players.
“Tom will be a solid midfielder fur us, while Dylan will be like another recruit for us, which is really positive,” coach Zac Fulford said.
Beattie will also reunite with his brother Nick.
“I told him last year I would play, but I did my ankle and he was pretty annoyed that I didn’t get to play in the same team as him,” Dylan said.
“’Fully’s’ (Fulford) also a great bloke, he was playing seniors when I first came in.”
Beattie was one of the Bulldogs’ best in their stunning start to 2017, including one of the biggest upsets of the modern era with a 40-point caning of premiers Albury.
However, a broken thumb wrecked the second half of the year before he missed 2018.
I told him last year I would play, but I did my ankle and he was pretty annoyed that I didn’t get to play.Dylan Beattie
“I was doing pre-season with Prahran Assumption and I went over on my ankle and snapped the tendons clean in half and had a full reconstruction,” Beattie said.
The 26-year-old has played 96 games.
The news continues the Bulldogs’ pattern of enticing former players back.
O and M representative Tom Johnson returns after one year at Tallangatta, along with Hoppers’ team-mate and best and fairest Bob Russell.
Wodonga is looking to snap a 10-year finals drought.
After a mass exodus in late 2017, the club posted six wins and will be quietly confident of making the top five.
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