Jordan Roughead remains in Bulldogs' selection frame

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge expects to see unsigned free agent Jordan Roughead return to the senior team before the season ends.

The 27-year-old premiership ruckman has played just five games this season as the Bulldogs experiment with their ruck combination and mix of talls, with the club preferring Tom Boyd, Jackson Trengove and Josh Schache ahead of him on Saturday night.

Bulldog Jordan Roughead.

Bulldog Jordan Roughead.

However Beveridge was reassuring when he was asked whether Roughead was likely to return to the senior team at some stage.

"He should do," Beveridge said.

The Bulldogs are yet to sign five free agents with injured midfielder Tom Liberatore due to return this weekend and resume his rehabilitation program after a short break overseas while veteran Dale Morris is only making his way back knee injuries restricted him to just one game this season.

Mitch Wallis is in the senior side but has attracted interest from other clubs with Fairfax Media reporting Essendon are keen on the restricted free agent while Luke Dahlhaus, who plays game 150 on Saturday night, is understood to be keen to stay if the right terms can be negotiated.

Beveridge said the fact some free agents had been in and out of the side should not be taken as an indication that the club did not want them to remain as Bulldogs.

He said he was as keen as anyone for his players to be able to secure good contracts to set up their long term futures and said the long injury list sometimes impacted on the individual form of those playing.

"Because we have had so many injuries ultimately it affects individual's form when you just don't get that continuity with teammates," Beveridge said.

"At times we haven't had probably the output from some of our more noted performers because there has been so much disruption."

Premiership defender Shane Biggs is also out of contract and was dropped once again after being in and out of the side for most of the season.

Beveridge said Biggs was just struggling to recapture form.

"All we can do is try and support him and try to help him," Beveridge said.

"We know what he is capable of, but unfortunately, in recent times, he hasn't quite been the player he has been for us historically."

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