The Western Bulldogs have entered the race for two-time premiership player Matthew Suckling.

The Bulldogs have met with Suckling in recent days and have alerted the Hawks of their interest in signing the 27-year-old.

Suckling, a premiership player with the Hawks in 2014 and 2015, is said to have a very strong relationship with Dogs coach Luke Beveridge, who was a Hawthorn assistant coach from 2012-2014.

Hawthorn is believed to want to retain Suckling, however, has limited space in its salary cap to pay out of contract players.

Brisbane is also interested in recruiting the free agent.