According to AFL Media, the Bombers are coming “super hard” for Dunkley and have even pressed for Josh’s younger brother Kyle, who was recently delisted by the Demons.
Speaking on Dunkley, AFL Media’s Mitch Cleary said Essendon are pushing even harder for the Bulldogs onballer.
“He’s got two years run at Whitten Oval, but the Essendon Football Club is coming super hard,” Cleary told AFL Trade Radio’s The Early Trade.
“I think they’re well and truly able to pay Josh Dunkley $700-800,000 to be their big inside bull. They’ve been crying out for a player like Josh Dunkley for a long time.”
Dunkley has dropped in the midfield ranks at Whitten Oval, being run through the ruck at times in 2020.
Kane Cornes believes some of the frustrations Dunkley faced this season could be the reason why the 23-year-old might want to leave the Kennel.
“I wonder if he’s frustrated by the way he’s been used this year by Luke Beveridge. If I’m a midfielder of his calibre, I don’t want to be rucking.
“I know it wasn’t for a long period but there were times throughout the year where he was their genuine second ruck and it did make him much less effective around the ground and doing what he does best.”