The Fremantle Dockers have their sights set on luring Geelong’s Shane Kersten and GWS Giant Rory Lobb home to Western Australia to replace the retiring Matthew Pavlich in the forward line, according to The Age.
The Age reports that the Dockers will target ex-West Australians this trade period, as they try to build and retain a long-term and formidable forward line.
The in-form Lobb, who has kicked 20 goals in 16 games this season, is contracted with the Giants until the end of next season and it would take serious bargaining from the Dockers to facilitate a trade.
Lobb, 23, will also be targeted as a replacement in part for veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands.
Meanwhile, Geelong’s up and coming young forward Shane Kersten, also from WA, is said to be a high priority for the Dockers.
The Age reports that both Kersten and Lobb are “believed to be willing to seriously consider moves back to their home roots if appealing offers are lodged and trades can be engineered by Dockers or Eagles officials”.
Kersten has played all but two games this season, kicking 21 goals and averaging 12 disposals, 6.1 score involvements, 4.8 marks and 2.9 inside 50s per game.
The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the year and has put negotiations on hold with the Cats until the end of the season.