MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Darcy Moore of the Magpies looks on during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session at The Holden Centre on August 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Darcy Moore’s manager Liam Pickering believes he will remain at the Magpies next season, despite reports of interest from the Western Bulldogs.

It has been reported by AFL.com.au’s Mitch Cleary that the 23-year-old defender is a target of the Bulldogs after the retirement of Tom Boyd and failed pursuit of Chad Wingard, opening up significant salary cap space.

However on Tuesday, Pickering rejected the rumours on SEN Breakfast.

“He’s not going to the Bulldogs next year,” said Pickering.

“There’s been no discussion with them [Western Bulldogs] about Darcy Moore.”

The 203 centimetre Moore is contracted until the end of next season after signing an extension with the Pies last October.

Moore is likely to make his return to the team against Essendon on Friday night after missing the last five matches with a hamstring strain.

Despite his recent injury troubles, Moore has had a productive year in defence for the Pies after missing much of last season with injury, averaging just under 15 touches and 4.5 marks per games.