GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Jack Martin of the Suns is tackled by Darcy Parish of the Bombers during the round 17 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Essendon is reportedly gearing up to attempt to secure Gold Coast midfielder Jack Martin in this year’s trade period.

Herald Sun journalist Sam Edmund, speaking on SEN this morning said the Bombers appear set to make a move for the 23-year old.

“Gold Coast’s Jack Martin is a whisper that won’t go away,” Edmund said.

“Essendon’s interest has been reported, that remains solid. That footy club has a real interest in Jack Martin.

“The latest whisper is he requested a trade out of his exit interview Jack Martin, now I can’t seem to substantiate that as yet, but the jungle drums are well and truly beating.

“He’s contracted for next year too,” he added.

Melbourne champion Garry Lyon said Martin would be a great move for any side.

“I don’t know if he’s ever been really settled at the Gold Coast,” Lyon said.

“If your club was able to access Jack Martin, I think you’ve got a big gem.”

Co-host on SEN, former Essendon captain Tim Watson spoke of his worries of a continuing exodus at the Suns.

“Surely the Suns can’t allow Tom Lynch, Steven May, Hall and Martin to walk out of that club,” Watson said.

Martin played 15 games in season 2018, averaging 18 disposals per game.