GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Peter Wright of the Suns and Ivan Soldo of the Tigers compete for the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Richmond Tigers at Metricon Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Former Essendon forward Matthew Lloyd expects Essendon to obtain the services of Gold Coast key forward Peter Wright during the trade period.

Since being selected with pick eight in the 2014 draft, Wright has been unable to secure a consistent place in the Sun's starting 22 and is reportedly keen on finding a new home.

In his six seasons on the Gold Coast, Wright has managed just 66 games for an output of 85 goals.

Having lost Joe Daniher to free agency, Tom Bellchambers to retirement and previously delisted Shaun McKernan, Essendon are in need of a player that is capable of dividing time between the centre circle and forward fifty.

At 208cm, or 6 foot 8 in the old, Lloyd believes that Wright is the best option to fill the dual vacancies.

“I think Peter Wright will be on the Essendon Football Club’s list next year,” Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio.

“(They) shouldn’t have to give up much for him and he’s been behind Ben King and Sam Day and those types of players.

“As a ruckman/forward to assist young Sam Draper, so it’ll be a young forward/ruck combination next year.”

Although he maintained the former Calder Cannon has the ability to provide for his former club, Lloyd was quick to temper his expectations of the 24-year-old.

“I think in the situation that they’re in they just have not been able to land somebody and Peter Wright has obviously fallen out of favour and is looking for a fresh start,” he said.

“I like it in that it is the best thing they can do at this point in time. I was a little bit critical last week saying they’ve had 18 months to land something.

“We’ve seen Charlie Dixon go to Port Adelaide, that would have been a long time in the making. We’ve seen Tom Lynch to Richmond, now Jeremy Cameron and Geelong, Ben Brown and Melbourne, Joe Daniher, both Brisbane and Sydney have been working at him.

“I’m not sure about Peter Wright, but I think it’ll be just what Essendon has to do next year I suppose and find a player that is low on confidence and he could find his best footy in that mid 20s range which he’ll be in.”