Chris Dawes of the Demons attempts to mark infront of Daniel Talia of the Crows during the round 15 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 3, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Chris Dawes unlikely to be at Melbourne in 2017

Forward Chris Dawes’ future at Melbourne looks all but over.

AFL trade radio reported on Monday afternoon that Dawes is unlikely to be at the club in 2017.

The former Collingwood premiership player moved to the Demons on a lucrative four-year deal at the end of 2012 after 71 games at the Magpies.

However, Dawes has failed to live up to his price tag, managing just 50 games in four years at the Dees, due to injury and form.

He was not named as one of three delistings by Melbourne last week, which could indicate that the club will look to test his value on the trade table in the coming weeks.

Regardless of whether the Demons offer Dawes a new deal or he is able to find a new home, he will be taking a considerable pay cut to continue his career.

Dawes, who has kicked 130 goals in 121 career games, is out of contract at the end of this year. reported in August that “a few opposition clubs have signalled their interested” in the 28-year-old.