Hunter playing for the Western Bulldogs in June 2017
|Full name||Lachlan Hunter|
|Date of birth||13 December 1994|
|Original team(s)||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 49 (Father-son), 2012 National Draft, Western Bulldogs|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Position(s)||Forward / Midfielder|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2013–||Western Bulldogs||118 (54)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The son of former Bulldogs player Mark Hunter, he was recruited by the club in the 2012 National Draft, with pick 49 under the father-son rule. He played junior football at St Kevin's College and developed further through the Western Jets TAC Cup program. Hunter also featured in the Under 18 Vic Metro team in 2012.
Hunter enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2016, cementing his place in the Bulldogs' senior team and enhancing a reputation as one of the league's most prolific midfielders. He played every game for the Bulldogs and at one stage in the season was considered in the running to make the All-Australian team. While he would eventually miss out, Hunter went on to play a key role in the Bulldogs' remarkable finals campaign that would see them end a 62-year premiership drought. He finished the season as the club's leading disposal getter with 719, averaging nearly 28 disposals per game, ranking him sixth overall in the AFL. Hunter also came second at the club for inside 50s and equal third for goal assists, and was recognized for his achievement when he finished third in the club's best and fairest count, winning the Gary Dempsey Medal.
In round 7, 2018 Hunter captained the Bulldogs in an AFL match, filling in for the injured captain and vice-captain Easton Wood and Marcus Bontempelli. In 2018 Hunter's consistent year saw him win the club's best and fairest award, the Charles Sutton Medal.
- Statistics are correct to the end of round 6, 2018
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- Landsberger, Sam (15 November 2012). "Pick Me: Signed and sealed Western Bulldog Lachie Hunter a devastating goalkicker". Herald Sun.
- "Top Eagles back for Hawks clash". Sportal. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "GAME DAY: Western Bulldogs v Collingwood at Etihad Stadium". 3AW. 26 July 2015.
- Waterworth, Ben. "Lachie Hunter having career-best AFL season in 2016, opposition coaches opt not to tag him". Fox Sports.
- Bowen, Nick (23 January 2017). "Big Dogs impress early". westernbulldogs.com.au.
- Black, Sarah (6 May 2018). "Bulldogs toss the coin to toss the coin". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
- "Lachie Hunter". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
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