MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Suns enter the race for Lin Jong

The Gold Coast Suns have reportedly entered the race to sign out of contract Bulldog Lin Jong.

Jong toured Collingwood’s training base, the Holden Centre, earlier this season, as he weighed up his future after struggling for regular senior appearances since being drafted with pick No.9 in the 2012 rookie draft.

However, the Suns have now emerged as the front runners to sign the 23-year-old, according to the Herald Sun.

The Suns tried to lure Jong north at the end of last season and have considerable bargaining tools at their disposal, with six draft picks inside the top 30.

Jong is seeking greater first team football, after managing just 39 AFL games in five seasons at Whitten Oval.

He has played 15 games this season, however, may struggle to keep his spot in the senior side when a fully fit Bulldogs’ list includes the likes of Mitch Wallis and Stewart Crameri in 2017.