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The huge significance of Tom Boyd's unfulfilled career

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Tom Boyd leaves the game millions of dollars lighter than he might have, but without the onerous burden and invasive pressures that were triggered, in no small part, by the gargantuan contract that he signed when he became a Bulldog in October 2014.

Boyd's five-and-a-half year career was one of the game's most significant, given that it encompassed three major happenings in the AFL - the advent of long-term mega deals, the mental health pressures on modern players via relentless media and social media scrutiny and, finally, the unimaginable, glorious 2016 premiership of the Bulldogs.

Premiership Bulldog Tom Boyd.Credit:Graham Denholm

To Bulldogs people, the critical role Boyd played in the 2016 flag - in both the fabled preliminary final against his old club and the grand final triumph over Sydney when he might have won the Norm Smith Medal - more than offsets the fact that he was largely unfulfilled as a footballer and didn't approach the levels either GWS or the Dogs envisaged.

This would not be the view of Boyd had he played for a club such as Hawthorn or Geelong - clubs accustomed to silverware, where the assessment would be more cold-blooded. But the Dogs would not have won their poetic premiership without........

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