PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Shane Kersten of the Cats juggles a mark during the NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

REPORTS: Dockers lining up Lobb, Kersten as possible replacements for Pavlich

The Fremantle Dockers have their sights set on luring Geelong’s Shane Kersten and GWS Giant Rory Lobb home to Western Australia to replace the retiring Matthew Pavlich in the forward line, according to The Age.

The Age reports that the Dockers will target ex-West Australians this trade period, as they try to build and retain a long-term and formidable forward line.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Rory Lobb of the Giants takes a mark during the round 17 AFL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba on July 17, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: Rory Lobb of the Giants takes a mark during the round 17 AFL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba on July 17, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The in-form Lobb, who has kicked 20 goals in 16 games this season, is contracted with the Giants until the end of next season and it would take serious bargaining from the Dockers to facilitate a trade.

Lobb, 23, will also be targeted as a replacement in part for veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands.

Meanwhile, Geelong’s up and coming young forward Shane Kersten, also from WA, is said to be a high priority for the Dockers.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Shane Kersten of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Shane Kersten of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Age reports that both Kersten and Lobb are “believed to be willing to seriously consider moves back to their home roots if appealing offers are lodged and trades can be engineered by Dockers or Eagles officials”.

Kersten has played all but two games this season, kicking 21 goals and averaging 12 disposals, 6.1 score involvements, 4.8 marks and 2.9 inside 50s per game.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the year and has put negotiations on hold with the Cats until the end of the season.

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