Lockyer said the team was strong in all areas.
“We are strong contenders for the flag this year, with the biggest area of improvement being our fitness levels,” he said.
“Our team is a lot fitter this year than we were last year and that means we can run all day better than other sides.”
Now retired due to an injury, Lockyer said he had coached Manning Rippers and Victoria Park clubs.
“I’m now one of the assistant Colts coaches at East Fremantle WAFL,” he said.
“We (Bulldogs) are hoping to make the top two this year with our team being so strong but we will take it week by week.”
Lockyer said training sessions had a good turn-out with new players this year.
“The biggest challenge for us this year is to continue our good form week to week, even against the best teams in the competition,” he said.
“There are two teams I think will be hard to beat this year; Bayswater second side, who have a lot of great players who love to run with the ball and Koongamia, and they will be hard to beat.”
Lockyer said he encouraged people to get involved with the club. “Training is Tuesday and Thursday nights 6pm at Birralee Reserve, so come down for a run.”
Coach John Carrod said he couldn’t wait for the season to start on April 9.