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‘One of the best kicks the game’s ever seen’

Bulldogs star Caleb Daniel has emerged as the silkiest ball-user in footy after another best-on-ground performance against Hawthorn in Round 17.Bombers legend Matthew Lloyd on Monday night labelled Daniel one of the best kicks football has ever known after he cut the Hawks’ defence to shreds with a series of classy kicks in the Dogs…

Bulldogs star Caleb Daniel has emerged as the silkiest ball-user in footy after another best-on-ground performance against Hawthorn in Round 17.

Bombers legend Matthew Lloyd on Monday night labelled Daniel one of the best kicks football has ever known after he cut the Hawks’ defence to shreds with a series of classy kicks in the Dogs crucial win in Adelaide.

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Daniel finished with 28 touches, going at 78% disposal efficiency as the Dogs all-but cemented their spot in the finals.

Lloyd also gave the Bulldogs midfield a pump-up earlier in the segment, declaring they have as much depth as any other elite midfield in the competition.

He said the Bulldogs are a team none of the other finalists want to be drawn against when the finals fixture is confirmed at the end of Round 18.

However, Lloyd saved his greatest declaration for Daniel’s silky feet.

“I think we’re seeing one of the best kicks the game has ever seen,” Lloyd told Channel 9’s Footy Classified.

“There’s not too many other players that have the exquisite skills of him, as I said, across all time, with how well he is using it at the moment.”

Daniel’s class emerged as the Bulldogs registered an 11.10 (76) to 6.4 (40) win.

Five Bulldogs players ended the game with 25 or more disposals with skipper Marcus Bontempelli controlling the contest with 28 touches and 11 clearances. But it was Daniel who appears destined to steal the three Brownlow votes.

The win puts the Bulldogs in seventh spot on the ladder with Collingwood able to push them down to eighth if they win tomorrow against the Gold Coast.

It will all come down to round 18 with the Bulldogs holding their finals fate in their hands with a game against Fremantle on Sunday evening.

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