AFL clubs have reportedly been made aware that Essendon forward Jake Stringer could be on offer this coming off-season.
Stringer is currently yet to recommit to the Bombers past 2021, with The Age’s Sam McClure revealing the 27-year-old is yet to ignite contract negotiations with the club.
It is understood that Essendon are keen to retain their spearhead but only to a suitable deal, with potentially interested clubs noted of the chance that Stringer may be offer at season’s end.
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2021 is the final year of the four-year deal Stringer signed with Essendon after leaving the Bulldogs at the end of 2017, earning a reported $500,000-per-season.
The exciting forward is currently battling a hamstring injury sustained in the past week and is likely to miss the next month of action due to his latest setback.
Stringer was limited to just 10 games last year through injury, with his fitness sure to raise questions during negotiations for beyond 2022.
The club are likely to prioritise the retention of star midfielder Zach Merrett, who is seen as one of the most coveted players on the market this year.
The Bombers are looking to build on their young list and could see Stringer’s possible departure open up opportunities for several rising stars.
Essendon landed three top 10 draft selections following a busy off-season last year that saw Joe Daniher, Adam Saad and Orazio Fantasia leave Tullamarine.
The Bombers are likely to accrue another top 10 draft selection in 2021 given their expected finish outside of the top-eight and currently don’t hold another pick until the third-round.