As we take another step closer to silly season, the AFL trade news and rumours continue to arise across the league's landscape.
The Suns and Bombers are also busy as we near the off-season, while we look at potential targets for the Hawks ahead of next year.
Here's your AFL trade news and rumours update...
Buddy hits pause on contract talks in wake of Lions link
The Swans and Lions have both refuted the report, with speculation around Franklin's future only growing in recent days.
A statement released through his manager Adam Finch detailed that contract talks have been halted ahead of the off-season, via AFL Media's Cal Twomey.
“At this stage conversations have been paused around my contract so I can put all my focus on playing footy. No further comment will be made until the season is done & I have decided about my future," the statement reads.
“I am still undecided and need time after the season to make a family decision about whether I continue to play next year.”
Links connecting Franklin to the Lions came after he and his partner Jesinta bought a house in Queensland, hoping to be closer to family on the Gold Coast.
Suns chasing Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell
Heppell's future has been speculated this past month amid contract uncertainty for the 30-year-old, who is understood to have only recently been tabled a one-year extension.
Now, according to RSN's Mark Stevens, the Suns have seemingly thrown their hat into the ring for Heppell's services, with a potentially longer deal on the cards.
Heppell has played 210 games for the Bombers since making his debut in 2011, a year he won the Rising Star Award.
FULL STORY: Suns in the mix to sign Bombers skipper
Dockers reportedly showing interest in Crows forward
The situation could open interest from rival clubs, with the Dockers already tipped to be showing some level of interest in the Redland product.
According to SEN SA's Michelangelo Rucci, Fremantle have identified Himmelberg as a potential target to sharpen their speartip.
Port keeping tabs on Grundy situation
Port Adelaide are understood to be keeping tabs on contracted Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy's situation ahead of the off-season, however "don't see" the Magpies star leaving Victoria at season's end.
Reports have speculated that Grundy firms as a chance to depart Olympic Park this year, despite currently being tied to Collingwood until the end of the 2027 season.
The situation has continued to be met with external conjecture, with Grundy's name again tied to another rival club.
According to 7 News' Tom Browne, the Power are keeping notice of the situation that surrounds the South Australian.
FULL STORY: Grundy linked with Port Adelaide
Eagle yet to make call on future
Premiership-winning Eagle Willie Rioli is yet to put pen to paper to remain in blue and gold, with recent reports suggesting the forward could be set to fly the nest at season's end.
Having walked through the doors at Lathlain after being plucked with the 52nd pick of the 2016 National Draft, the 27-year-old has weathered both highs and lows, including serving a two-year drug ban and further charges in April of last year.
Although reports from AFL Media claim that Rioli has been "presented a multi-year deal" to remain in the west, the small-forward is still mulling up his options before the cessation of West Coast's current campaign.
While no specific suitors have been listed as of yet, given Essendon's desire to chase small-forward options Malcolm Rosas, Bobby Hill, Izak Rankine and Toby Bedford across the course of the past 12 months, Rioli's skillset more than befits the Bombers' recruitment strategy.
Crows reportedly up ante in chase for gun Sun
The South Australian goalsneak was tipped to be a near certainty to follow in the footsteps of his fellow 2018 first-round selections and re-sign with the Suns, however increased interest from rival clubs looks to have shaken the situation.
Now, according to SEN's Sam Edmund, the Crows are forking up an equally significant offer that could tempt Rankine to return to his home state.
A five-year, $800,000-per-season deal has reportedly been floated, seeing Rankine's chances of re-signing with Gold Coast plummet.
FULL STORY: Adelaide grow stronger in Rankine tug-of-war
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Rivals reportedly showing interest in young Port utility
Bergman is averaging 16.71 disposals, 2.43 tackles and 2.29 inside 50s from seven matches this year, showing an ability to play across all three lines of the field as a versatile asset for his side.
His services could be of great use for several keen suitors, with clubs from the east understood to be showing interest in Bergman.
According to SEN SA reporter Michaelangelo Rucci, multiple Victorian clubs are anticipated to move for Bergman this off-season.
FULL STORY: Bergman gaining interest from the east
Five off-season targets for Hawthorn
There has been plenty to like about this Hawks side despite sitting in 13th, with the rise of Mitch Lewis and Dylan Moore particular highlights, while the sensational return of James Sicily in defence has put him in All-Australian conversations.
They are a young, exciting team that is destined to go places in years to come should they develop like many are predicting and will have their eye on returning to the finals yet again in 2023.
While they'll have plenty of players in mind, the Hawks would also be pretty keen to target other clubs' draft equity to continue blooding hidden gems in coming seasons.
in no particular order, we've listed five players the Hawks could target this off-season heading into 2023, including a Port Free agent and a Lions duo.