MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Dylan Shiel of the Giants looks dejected after losing the AFL Semi Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greater Western Sydney have allowed Dylan Shiel to speak to Victorian clubs ahead of next months NAB AFL Trade Period.

Shiel is contracted with the Giants next season but has been heavily pursued by Hawthorn, St Kilda and Carlton.

Teammate Rory Lobb is also contracted next season but has met with West Coast and is expected to sit down with Fremantle before the trade window.

Giants list manager Jason McCarthy confirmed to AFL.com.au that Lobb and Shiel were free to speak to other clubs.

“Those couple of boys are out there gathering information and will be catching up with some clubs, as we work through some things that we need to [work through],” McCarthy told AFL.com.au.

“But while those conversations are happening with other clubs, we’re also in constant communication with those players and their managers about what 2019 looks like at the Giants.

“The majority of our group is contracted through season 2019 and beyond, so we’re in a really good situation there.

“We’ve had a number of good chats with our players this year and they continued when we wrapped up our exit interviews last week.

“There’s a bit to work through and it’s always an interesting time [of the year].”

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Along with Shiel and Lobb, Will Setterfield and Jeremy Finlayson are contracted for 2019 but could be on the move.

The Giants need to find cap space as a number of their stars become free agents at the end of the 2019 season.

Vice-captain Stephen Coniglio, Nick Haynes, Matt Buntine and Adam Tomlinson come out of contract next season.

Josh Kelly also comes out of contract and will attract plenty of attention from rival clubs.