MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Jack Martin of the Suns kicks the ball at goal during the round three AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium on April 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Sun Jack Martin is set to be among trade talks in October once again, after he was heavily linked with Essendon during last year’s trade period.

Martin ended up remaining with the Suns, but is still without a contract for the 2020 season, and according to the Herald Sun, has put off contract talks until later in the year.

Despite the Bombers’ interest in Martin, Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun believes they might be the only Victorian club not to pursue Martin this October, as they don’t have a first-round pick to offer the Suns.

“I don’t think [Essendon] will, but everyone else will,” Ralph said on AFL Tonight on Tuesday when asked about which Victorian sides are eyeing off Martin.

“My understanding is that Jack Martin has put off contract talks until deep into the season as he tries to maximise his form, as well as assesses his options.

“He’s in fantastic form, realising the potential as one of those mini-draft players.

“His hot start to the season has those Victorian clubs frothing at the mouth about the outside speed, the inside grunt, the goal sense. But Essendon is about the only side that will not have a crack at him because they haven’t got enough salary cap room and they got Dylan Shiel.”

Ralph by no means ruled out the Suns in re-signing Martin, with the 24-year-old’s family recently moving up to the Gold Coast to be alongside him.