The free agency and trade periods are nearing, and with the build-up, we're looking to cover all of the latest trade news and rumours.

Read up on all of today's news, rumours and analysis for this off-season.

Bulldogs midfielder requests trade

Out-of-favour Bulldog Patrick Lipinski is understood to have requested a trade from the Dogs.

According to The Age, Lipinski is expected to join Collingwood after notifying the Bulldogs of his decision to depart Whitten Oval.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Patrick Lipinski of the Bulldogs celebrates during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on July 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Despite being tabled a new deal to remain at the Kennel, Lipinski is set to look elsewhere for greater opportunity, with the Magpies tipped as the 23-year-old's preferred destination.

READ MORE: Lipinski tipped to trade Kennel for Nest

Trio of talls in Lions’ sights

The Brisbane Lions are reportedly weighing up a move for one of several backup talls for the 2022 season.

The decision comes after the loss of key tall forward Eric Hipwood, who will likely miss a majority of the 2022 season due to an ACL injury he acquired in Round 17.

The Lions are understood to have their sights on Mason Cox, Levi Casboult and Darcy Fort for next season.

FULL STORY: Brisbane looking to add height for premiership push

Suns duo open to exploring options

Gold Coast list manager Craig Cameron has confirmed that inside midfielder Will Brodie will look to seek opportunities elsewhere next season.

Cameron was also asked whether Darcy Macpherson was another who could be seeking a move away from the Suns.

AFL Rd 1 - Gold Coast v Port Adelaide
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: Will Brodie of the Suns handballs during the round 1 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on March 21, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

He said while they would be open to helping Macpherson finding a new home, they are yet to be told by him or his management that they would like a move.

DETAILS: Gold Coast pair open to moves

Two clubs circling Power big man

The race for Port Adelaide ruck/forward Peter Ladhams is set to heat up, with both Geelong and the Western Bulldogs now registering their interest.

The 23-year-old was already reportedly seeking a move away over the summer after playing second fiddle to Scott Lycett in the same position over the course of 2021.

READ MORE: Ladhams gaining interest from Geelong, Bulldogs 

Delisted Demon to explore options for playing future 

Melbourne have wasted no time in turning their eye towards 2022 with five players departing the club.

The Demons have delisted Jay Lockhart, Aaron Nietschke and Austin Bradtke while Aaron Vandenberg has informed the club he will be testing the open market for opportunities elsewhere.

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Aaron VandenBerg of the Demons fends off Will Schofield of the Eagles during the AFL Prelimary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons on September 22, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Vandenberg will explore his options this off-season after playing just four games in 2021.

READ MORE: Vandenberg to test waters after Melbourne culling 

Manager speaks on future of Geelong midfielder

The manager of Geelong midfielder Charlie Constable has spoken on the young Cat's future, with a new deal yet to be signed for the 2022 season.

Constable was limited to just the three appearances in the blue and white hoops this season, tallying a total of just 12 matches since arriving at Kardinia Park via the 2017 National Draft.

Despite stunning form at VFL level, the contested midfielder has been unable to break into Chris Scott's extensive and star-studded midfield group.

FULL STORY: Constable open to options elsewhere 

Saints eager to bolster picks

St Kilda has signalled their intent to collect more picks to take into December's national draft.

After a somewhat quiet 2020 draft, the Saints are keen to bring in some higher selections to bring in some top drawer talent in this year's edition according to AFL.com.au's Mitch Cleary and Riley Beveridge.

St Kilda Saints Training Session & Media Opportunity
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Brett Ratten, Senior Coach of the Saints speaks with players during a St Kilda Saints AFL Pre-Season Training Session & Media Opportunity at Moorabbin Athletics Track on November 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

St Kilda has spent the last two off-seasons bringing in experienced talent. But after missing the finals in 2021, the focus has been turned back to the draft.

READ MORE: Saints looking to move up draft order

Eagles forward tipped to depart

Eagles forward Jarrod Cameron is reportedly set to depart Lathlain Park this off-season in order to take a break from the AFL.

Cameron has played 12 games for the Eagles since making his debut in 2019, but did not feature for West Coast this season.

The 21-year-old was placed on the club's inactive list in June after suffering a season-ending ankle injury sustained in a WAFL match.

FULL STORY: Cameron to leave Eagles for 2022

Future of St Kilda duo looking unclear

St Kilda duo Dean Kent and Jack Lonie both face a nervous wait to see if they will be offered a contract for next year.

Lonie and Kent both didn't feature heavily for Brett Ratten's side in 2021, and according to AFL.com.au's Mitch Cleary, may have to wait until the end of the trade period to see whether or not alternatives are brought in by the club.

READ MORE: Kent, Lonie to wait on new deals at Moorabbin