Cyril Rioli of the Hawks marks the ball against Joel Hamling of the Bulldogs and kicks a goal during the 2016 AFL Second Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)

The Fremantle Dockers are reportedly targeting up and coming Western Bulldogs defender Joel Hamling, as they look to implement a vast overhaul of their playing list.

Hamling has become an important player for the Bulldogs this season, playing 10 games in the absence of defenders Bob Murphy and Marcus Adams.

However, the 23-year-old is likely to lose his spot in the side when the pair return from injury in 2017.

The Dockers are targeting a raft of West Australians this trade period, as they prepare to set the club up for a the future.

Hamling spent three seasons at the Cats, but was unable to break into the senior side, failing to play a match, before finding his way to the Bulldogs as a delisted free agent in 2014.

He is believed to prefer to remain at the kennel, however, Fairfax reports that he is open to considering a move back to his home state on what would be a substantially better deal than his current contract.

The Dockers are also confident of securing deals for Hawthorn’s Bradley Hill and GWS forward Cam McCarthy this off-season, while they are also interested in fringe Geelong forward, Shane Kersten.