Melbourne are understood to have set a sizeable asking price for wantaway tall Luke Jackson, who has officially requested a return to Western Australia for 2023.

Both Fremantle and West Coast are in the mix despite the former's stance as the front-runners for Jackson's services, with the 20-year-old yet to narrow his decision on a preferred landing spot.

Having been taken with the third overall pick just three years ago, and proving his worth among a stellar 2019 draft crop, Jackson's value has quickly soared across his 52 games in red and blue.

The Dockers hold Picks 13, 72 and 85, as well as their 2023 selections, as assets for negotiations with Melbourne. But the Demons' reported asking price is pitched at two top-10 selections, according to's Cal Twomey, meaning Fremantle will be needing start negotiations with a third party.

The Eagles hold Pick 2 at this year's draft, while their future first-round selection is also likely to come in the first 10 selections next year. However, Twomey's report suggests West Coast aren't looking to part ways with their opening pick for this year.

The Laithlain Park club would still need to gain an exemption from the AFL to trade Pick 2, having only used one first-round pick at the draft in the past three years.

Luke Jackson during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Fremantle are likely to strengthen their draft hand with several players tied moves away from Cockburn this off-season, with Rory Lobb, Blake Acres, Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker, Lloyd Meek and potentially Liam Henry finding the exit in 2022.


Lobb, Acres, Logue and Henry could all command picks in the top 20-30 selections and form a package that could add to their current hand of picks.

No club currently holds multiple top 10 picks, but GWS are a strong chance to do so should they get their way with Richmond in negotiations for Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper.

Gold Coast may come across another top pick in a trade with Adelaide that will see small forward Izak Rankine become a Crow. Adelaide hold Pick 5 at this year's National Draft, a selection they may be needing to part with to attain Rankine's services.

North Melbourne are reportedly open to parting with Pick 1 if a viable option opens for the prized selection.