Western Bulldogs duo Tim English and Caleb Daniel are expected to re-sign at Whitten Oval, seeing the pair turn down options to exercise their rights as free agents in 2022.

English has been speculated to have gained interest from Western Australian clubs throughout the course of this season, namely the West Coast Eagles - who are looking to secure a long-term successor for veteran ruckman Nic Naitanui.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a career-best campaign in 2022, albeit hampered by injury and illness in recent weeks, with English's asking price sure to have ascended across each strong display as Luke Beveridge's first-string ruckman.

Daniel, an All-Australian defender, is another name among a bevy of Bulldogs stars yet to re-sign past this season, with the likes of Josh Dunkley, Bailey Dale, Bailey Smith and Jason Johannisen also out-of-contract this year.

Star midfielder Jack Macrae is the first and only signature to have landed on the dotted line at the Kennel this year, with the Bulldogs ball magnet securing his stay in the blue, white and red until the end of the 2027 season.

Now turning their attention to further retentions signings, the Bulldogs are understood to be nearing finalised new deals for both English and Daniel, according to The Age. 

While English has faced the lure of a return to WA, Daniel, a South Australian product, hasn't been as strongly linked with a move to his home state.

English is reported to sign a short-term extension with the Bulldogs, a move that will likely take him to free agency come the cessation of his coming contract.

Veteran midfielder Tom Liberatore is believed to be nearing a one-year extension trigger in his expiring contract, with an additional season set to take the 30-year-old into his 13th season at the Bulldogs.

Dunkley has previously flagged he is in no rush to re-sign, placing a focus on his football this season. The Gippsland native midfielder had requested a move to Essendon at the end of the 2020 season.

BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Caleb Daniel (left) and Josh Dunkley of the Bulldogs celebrates during the 2017 AFL round 22 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Port Adelaide Power at Mars Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

A deal between the two clubs fell through, with Dunkley now reaching the end of his contract this year and likely to gain another wave of interest from elsewhere.

The Bulldogs also have Taylor Duryea, Josh Schache, Rhylee West, Buku Khamis and Toby McLean are also among the extensive list of players off-contract this year.,