Several clubs are reportedly considering a play for Travis Cloke, including reigning premiers, Hawthorn.
Essendon legend Tim Watson said on SEN Radio on Thursday morning that he believes the Hawks are one of a number of teams looking into the 29-year-old.
“I did learn yesterday that there are a number of clubs who are potentially interested in Travis Cloke and one of those is Hawthorn,” Watson said.
“When you look at where Hawthorn’s at right now and the fact that they’re unsure about whether or not Jarryd Roughead will return, you’d expect them to at least identify him as maybe someone they could be interested in next year.”
“If you’re satisfied there’s still footy left in him, there are a number of teams that would be interested. Essendon, I think they desperately need someone that can command a bit of attention in their forward line along side Joe Daniher.
“Already we’ve spoken about Hawthorn. Richmond is another team that could do with him, he’s not going across the other side of Australia but there’s a team over there (Fremantle) just desperately in need.”
Cloke has played 237 games with the Pies, booting 429 goals. However, he has managed just four games this season, after he was dropped to the VFL after the Pies’ Round 4 loss to Melbourne.
He is still contracted to Collingwood for the 2017 season.