MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Rory Lobb and his Dockers team mates look dejected after losing the round nine AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on May 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Fremantle are standing firm on holding targeted players to their contracts, with Hawthorn's interest in ruckman Lloyd Meek failing to unsettle Dockers football boss Peter Bell.

Meek is among several Dockers players that have been linked to the exit this off-season, with wingman Blake Acres already traded to Carlton in the opening days of the trade period.

Duo Griffin Logue and Darcy Tucker are on the brink of joining North Melbourne through a trade that will see Fremantle land multiple future draft picks, while both Meek and fellow tall Rory Lobb have also been floated for moves to Victoria.

Lobb's request for a trade to the Bulldogs has been shut down by Bell, with the former Giant seen as a required player and part of Justin Longmuir's planning for the future.

But it seems Meek may join Lobb in being held to his contract for next season, with Bell labelling the fringe ruckman as a "valued member of our team" amid interest from Hawthorn.

“It's interesting to hear Hawthorn have expressed an interest in Lloyd as a contracted player,” Bell told

“We think he has improved massively this year, and every year he's been at the Club. He's really important for our future plans.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Nathan Vardy of the Eagles competes in a ruck contest with Lloyd Meek of the Dockers during the 2021 AAMI Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on March 7, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

“We're really eager to retain Lloyd. As I mentioned before, he is contracted and a valued member of our team.”

Meek's place at Cockburn may very well hinge on the arrival of Luke Jackson, who has requested a move away from the Demons in hope of returning to his home state of Western Australia, allowing the Dockers and Eagles to move on the premiership tall.

Should Jackson land a move to Fremantle, it could allow either Meek or Lobb to see their trade requests permitted by the club.

But with the latter still seen less likely to be granted a switch to the east coast, Lobb has been left "frustrated" by Fremantle's unwillingness given he already purchased a property in Victoria.

“He's obviously frustrated and disappointed that the discussions have been made through the media about where he sits at Freo, when he thought there probably would be a trade happening this year after discussions after trade period last year,” Lobb's manager Colin Young told 7 News.

“That's probably why he bought the house, thinking that a trade would happen.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Tim English of the Bulldogs and Rory Lobb of the Dockers contest the ruck during the round 6 AFL match between Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Bell has also confirmed discussions with Suns forward Josh Corbett are underway as he hopes for a move to Fremantle, with the Gold Coast attacker seen as a potential replacement for the aforementioned Logue.

Logue's departure will see the Dockers pocket multiple selections for the 2023 National Draft, a year that boasts an exciting class of future AFL talent in the eyes of Fremantle.

“We had to be cognisant with the fact that North Melbourne have the first selection in the pre-season draft, so there's always that looming over the negotiations,” Bell said.

“We're pleased to report that the negotiations are going really well. At this stage, the trade should involve North Melbourne's priority picks for next year, where they have a future second and third round pick.

“We think the 2023 draft looks to have a bit of depth about it.

“It is very early but we do look forward to those types of opportunities. Where we can, we'd like to be heavily involved in 2023.”