The Western Bulldogs are set to heavily chase a small forward in the upcoming trade window, as Luke Beveridge aims to reignite hopes of a second premiership at the kennel, reports The Age’s Daniel Cherny.
While the Dogs have managed to find some flare in rookie Cody Weightman, the club are aiming to add a payer of similar build in the form of a pressure forward.
Small forwards Sam Lloyd and Tory Dickson have been formidable for the Dogs since joining the club, but with age not on their side, the trade market may just be the Dogs next best option.
Ben Cavarra – who joined the club as a mature-aged recruit – is yet to feature in Beveridge’s side since round one and remains out of a contract at the seasons end.
Lonie has been out-of-favour since Dan Butler’s rise under Brett Ratten, with Dean Kent also taking the 2nd-string position ahead of Lonie. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for the Saints since round seven and could look for a suitor elsewhere.
Langdon’s job security under Leon Cameron remains uncertain, falling in and out of the Giants lineup throughout this season. With the Giants salary cap causing more headaches for Cameron, Langdon could be one name to leave in order for the Giants to retain key names.
The Dogs look on the fringe of the competitions premiership favourites as they aim to build on their youthful list. Likely to join the Bulldogs by 2021 is highly touted potential No.1 draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, a next generation academy selection linked with the Bulldogs.
Ugle-Hagan is an athletic key forward and could be the perfect pairing with Aaron Naughton to complete the Doggies’ ideal forward structure.