Possible No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath believes he can fill a similar role to Jason Johannisen at AFL level, who he believes has brought the creative defender role back into vogue.
The versatile McGrath, who is one of up to five players vying to be the top pick in this year's NAB AFL Draft, can play at half-back or through the midfield, with his pace and decision-making notable assets.
"The emergence of Jason Johannisen has really helped me," McGrath said.
"Previously that dashing half-back hasn't really been a massive role, but this year there's been heaps of players go through there (for the Bulldogs).
"The Bulldogs have shown how important that role is. I've idolised him all year, and especially his Grand Final performance was just outstanding."