PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Adam Cerra of the Dockers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round five AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fremantle midfielder Adam Cerra is understood to have requested a trade from the Dockers, per multiple reports.

The 21-year-old has long been linked to a return to Victoria, with those reports now looking to come to fruition.

A star of the Dockers' midfield, Cerra has been closely linked with a move to Carlton, while the Tigers, Hawks and Bombers have all shown previous interest.

Fremantle are sure to demand a high return for the former fifth overall pick, who could be worth close to $750,000-per-season.

The Blues, who are believed to be Cerra's preferred club, hold the sixth pick in the 2021 National Draft, an asset they will likely need to part with to lure Cerra to Ikon Park.

The Dockers confirmed the news, with club football boss Peter bell stating his disappointment.

“Since his arrival in 2017, Adam Cerra has been everything we hoped we would get from a number five selection in the draft, which only highlights our disappointment in his decision,” Bell said.

“Our disappointment comes with the understanding that Adam is making this request purely based on his desire to be closer to his family and friends, something that has been especially difficult for our interstate players in the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since 2017, we have invested a lot into Adam both on and off the field, and we are proud of the person he is and the footballer he is.

“It’s easy to forget that he is only 21, with many years ahead until he reaches the peak of his abilities.”

Cerra has played 76 games for Fremantle since making his debut in 2018, becoming a key contributor to the Western Australian club over the course of four seasons.

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