during the First AFL Semi Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

Cricket season has not even finished in Australia and already the trade whispers are starting to circle in AFL land.

Adelaide utility Mitch McGovern burst onto the scene in 2016, playing 23 games and kicking 32 goals and will be hot property come the 2017 trade period.

The brother of West Coast star, Jeremy, is reportedly attracting from his home state of Western Australia.

Both Fremantle and West Coast are keen on luring the out-of-contract 22-year-old back home, according to Fairfax on what could be as much as $500,000 per season.

The youngster was recruited by the Crows with pick No.43 in the 2014 National Draft, before sitting out the 2015 season due to knee troubles.

He then played 23 of a possible 24 games last season, showing the ability to play a variety of positions, however, predominantly playing as a forward.

The Eagles and the Dockers both see McGovern as an important addition to their respective forward lines, with Fremantle in particular searching for another player in the forward third to assist new recruits Shane Kersten and Cam McCarthy.

McGovern averaged 10 disposals, 4.2 marks, 6.2 kicks and 2.6 tackles in 2016.