AFL Rd 7 - Richmond v North Melbourne
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Shai Bolton of the Tigers runs the ball during the round 7 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 18, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Essendon are understood to have held talks with the representative of Richmond duo Shai Bolton and Mabior Chol.

As reported by The Herald Sun's Mark Robinson, Bombers list boss Adrian Dodoro has had discussions with notable player manager Ralph Carr in regards to the futures of the aforementioned Tigers pair.

Both Bolton and Chol are off-contract this year and have recently gained interest from circling interstate clubs, but are now on the radar of the Bombers.

Richmond Tigers Training Session
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Mabior Chol during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Metricon Stadium on August 07, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Bolton, a South Fremantle product, is sure to gain strong desire from both Western Australian clubs this season and will reportedly hold off on making a decision on his future until the end of the season.

Chol is understood to be in the sights of as many as five clubs, with Gold Coast named as one of the keen suitors and could lure the athletic tall back to Queensland following his playing days with Aspley.

Richmond will be keen to lock away the services of the exciting duo, along with rising forward Callum Coleman-Jones - who has also gained interest from across the league.

The Tigers are understood to have locked away the services of veteran spearhead Jack Riewoldt for another season, while Shane Edwards and Bachar Houli remain unsigned for 2022.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round five AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Marvel Stadium on April 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The Bombers are sure to prioritise the re-signings of gun midfield pair Zac Merrett and Darcy Parish before looking outside the four walls of Tullamarine.