After a disappointing premiership defence in 2017, there has been little chatter come out of the Whitten Oval this pre-season and Tim Watson is delighted the Western Bulldogs are prepared to show a nasty streak.

They became the first club since Hawthorn in 2009 to miss out on finals action after winning the flag, and the former Essendon premiership star believes it is clear they have drawn a line in the sand.

“I reckon there’s a nastiness that is manifesting itself in the organisation, and I’ve got to say after what happened last year and the amount of criticism they copped about the fact they experienced a premiership hangover - I like it,” Watson said on SEN Breakfast.

“What they are displaying now is that they mean business as a football club. They have put that all behind them.

“They’ve turned into this nasty football club. It’s a new personality that we’re seeing that’s been developed at the Whitten Oval and I think we’re going to see some very, very different Bulldogs step out this year.

“They’ve drawn a line in the sand.”

There has been silence from key figures at the club, particularly from coach Luke Beveridge, something Watson described as unusual.

“No-one from the Bulldogs has wanted to speak since the end of the season. Nobody wants to be out there speaking,” he said.

“We’ve put so many requests in to speak to Luke Beveridge - he’s not doing anything until he has to. It is unusual.”

Originally published on SEN.com.au