GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Ed Richards of the Bulldogs kicks during the round 14 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at Metricon Stadium on August 28, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Off-contract Bulldogs utility Ed Richards is on the radar of multiple clubs, with Brisbane and North Melbourne identified as two keen suitors for the dashing Dog.

As reported by The Age’s Jake Niall, both clubs have been closely monitoring the 21-year-old, along with several other rivals who have made their interest known to the Bulldogs.

Richards is currently recovering from a broken leg injury sustained earlier this year in a VFL practice match, with a time frame on his return likely to come in the latter half of the season.

It is understood that Richards’ desires are to wait out until he is back in the mix for selection before attending the negotiation table.

Despite playing 58 games in the past three seasons, Richards’ place in the senior side isn’t as stable as it once was, which has keen clubs viewing the speedster as gettable at season’s end.

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Security in Luke Beveridge’s defense has become as high-priced as ever under his tenure, with the likes of Bailey WilliamsCaleb DanielBailey DaleAlex KeathEaston WoodJason Johannisen, Hayden Crozier and Taylor Duryea all demanding minutes each weekend.

Formidable at the AFL level and showing plenty of potential to grow, AFL clubs would see Richards’ impressive run and ball-use capabilities as a key asset to their specific game style.

As per Niall’s report, the Lions are keen to add some pace and movement to their back-third, while North Melbourne will look to fill a large portion of cap room ahead of the 2022 season in what will be another aggressive off-season for the Kangaroos.

The Bulldogs are sure to prioritise the re-signings of captain Marcus Bontempelli and midfielder Tom Liberatore, which are understood to be close to finalised, while fringe midfielder Patrick Lipinski is also yet to re-commit to Whitten Oval amid interest from rival clubs.