MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 1: Luke Dahlhaus of the Bulldogs looks dejected after a loss during the 2018 AFL round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on April 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Geelong CEO Brian Cook has confirmed Geelong are interested in acquiring Bulldogs premiership midfielder Luke Dahlhaus.

Cook said the Cats will look to add talent who can help their forward pressure.

“If you looked at our game on the weekend, we had one tackle in our 50 in the first half,” Cook said on SEN on Monday morning.

“So a player like Luke Dahlhaus is of great interest to us because he applies pressure that we need and we just don’t have that.”

Cook added he is confident Gary Ablett will return for the 2019 season.

“I hope so. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he will. He’s got one year to go and based on his form I think he should,” he said.

“I think (the recruitment of Ablett) has been a success. It depends what the expectations of people were.

“I think some people felt Gary Ablett coming was going to mean the difference between us making the Grand Final or not and I don’t think that was ever the case from our point of view.

“Gary’s 34, he’s not 25 anymore and I think we rely so much on people like Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield and the reality is the success of our club depends on us making sure the bottom 12 players improve.”