“It was really important for us to keep our core group together – a group that has helped create a great culture, resulting in the team achieving the ultimate success last season,” coach Paul Groves said.

“With the expansion of the competition in 2019, getting the signatures of 22 of our existing girls is really exciting and a great sign of their bond,” he said.

Groves had also recently signed a contract extension, keeping him with the Dogs until the 2020 AFLW season.

Four players have not been contracted for the 2019 season; Laura Bailey, Kim Ebb, Jess Anderson and Rachel Ashley.

Western Bulldogs AFLW list:
Brooke Lochland
Ellie Blackburn
Katie Brennan
Kirsten McLeod
Deanna Berry
Monique Conti
Isabel Huntington
Nicole Callinan
Lauren Spark
Ellyse Gamble
Naomi Ferres
Hayley Wildes
Libby Birch
Tiarna Ernst
Bailey Hunt
Hannah Scott
Aisling Utri
Kim Rennie
Emma Mackie
Kirsty Lamb
Bonnie Toogood
Angelica Gogos