Josh Dunkley and James Harmes during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Brisbane has emerged as the frontrunner to secure the services of Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley.

Dunkley, 25, is yet to agree to a fresh extension with the Whitten Oval side, despite his manager, Liam Pickering, stating in September of last year that he expected a deal to be done.

Dunkley had previously met with Essendon in regards to a trade, however, it is now the Lions that are seen as the likely landing place for the 2016 premiership winner.

Still, as reported by 7News' Mitch Cleary, the Sunshine State side is not the only horse in the race.

With Dunkley's partner, Tippah Dwan, currently contracted to play Super Netball for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Port Adelaide has thrown their hat in the ring in an effort to unite the pair in the City of Churches.

As stated by Cleary on Tuesday night, Dunkley has met with both the Lions and Power ahead of the annual exchange period.

"The Lions have emerged as the frontrunner for Western Bulldog Josh Dunkley as he weighs up his future," Cleary contended.

"He has met with Brisbane, also over the weekend, taking the chance, while in South Australia visiting his girlfriend, to meet with Power players, including Travis Boak."

At present, Brisbane holds a draft hand that includes picks 13, 31, 44, 67 and 85 in an effort to secure Dunkley's signature at the trade table.

Conversely, Port Adelaide is currently armed with picks 8, 52, 56 and 80.

Since joining the Dogs with the 25th selection of the 2015 National Draft, Dunkley has turned out in a red, white and blue guernsey of 116 occasions.

The New South Welshman has not been granted free agency status having served just seven seasons with the Bulldogs.