MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti of the Bombers celebrates kicking a goal during the round four AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Essendon star Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has put off contract talks until the end of the season, causing three Victorian clubs to come calling.

The Herald Sun is reporting the Western Bulldogs, Carlton and North Melbourne have all registered interest in the silky forward.

The 26-year-old’s preference is to remain at Essendon and talks on a new deal will re-open at the end of the season.

McDonald-Tipungwuti has kicked 26 goals this season, including a career-high bag of seven against Brisbane in round four.

He comes out of contract at the end of the season but does not qualify for free agency, meaning any move to another club would require a trade.

The trio of Victorian clubs have not yet lodged offers as they weigh up their options, but McDonald-Tipungwuti is reportedly seeking a pay rise for his impressive form in 2019.

The Tiwi Islands native joined Essendon’s senior list in 2016 after stints at the club’s VFL side and Gippsland Power.