The Western Bulldogs are in the box seat to secure dual premiership winner Taylor Duryea before the trade deadline closes on Wednesday evening.
The unrestricted free agent earlier this month underwent a medical examination in Sydney and has been reportedly offered a one-year deal to stay at Hawthorn for 2019.
But after what seems like a falling out with the club, Duryea could be making the switch to a rival Victorian club after playing 118 games for the Hawks.
The 27-year-old played the first 16 games in the brown and gold this season but was then dropped where he spent an extended period of time playing for Box Hill before getting a recall for the semi final loss to Melbourne.
Western Bulldogs list manager Sam Power told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Monday the club would love to gain the services of Duryea.
“Taylor is a player we’ve got interest in,” Power said.
“That’s something we will work through over the next couple of days with Hawthorn and what that might look like. Hopefully we’ll bring Taylor in.”
If the Bulldogs secure Duryea, they would most likely play him down back alongside former premiership teammate Matt Suckling rather than inside 50 where his current coach, Alastair Clarkson, has been using him.
Power explained Duryea’s talents of being a flexible player will be an asset to their club.
“I think if we’re able to bring him it will be more likely to be down back. But he has also demonstrated he’s got some flexibility which we like,” Power said.
“He’s played on a wing at times, as well as a fair bit as a defensive forward for them. There’s interest from our end.”