MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Lin Jong (R) of Footscray wrestles with Lynden Dunn of Casey during the VFL Grand Final match between the Casey Scorpions and the Footscray Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

REPORTS: Gold Coast the front runner for young Bulldog

The Gold Coast Suns are reportedly now the front runners to secure the services of Western Bulldog midfielder Lin Jong.

Jong, who controversially toured Collingwood’s headquarters mid-season as he weighed up his future, has received a substantial offer from the Suns, according to Channel Seven’s Tom Browne, and is favouring a move north.

Jong played 16 games this season, however, he lost his place in the side after suffering a broken collarbone in the qualifying final win against West Coast in Perth.

He returned just a fortnight later and produced a best on ground performance in the VFL Grand Final. However, he was unable to win his spot back in the side for the AFL Grand Final.

Jong has played a total of 39 career games since making his debut in 2012.