Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer is set to announce his preferred destination within the next two days.
Stringer, who was told by the Dogs during his exit meeting he would be traded following a combination of attitude, performance and off-field problems, will choose between Geelong and Essendon.
The 23-year-old’s manager, Robbie D’Orazio told AFL Trade Radio on Wednesday his client met with Essendon again on Wednesday and will make a decision in the next 24-48 hours.
“We’ve met with Essendon again today and we’ve got a decision to make which shouldn’t be too long,” he said.
“We hope to sit down in the next 24-48 hours and nominate a club of preference.
“Two years ago Jake Stringer could’ve been in the top five players in the competition, obviously it hasn’t gone that way in the last two years.”
D’Orazio also said he and Stringer took exception to the allegations from former partner Abby Gilmore in last weekend’s Herald Sun.
Gilmore told the Herald Sun Stringer slept with other girls during their relationship, which she found out about when she was sent naked pictures of him. She also detailed a heavy gambling problem.
“There are a few things in the Herald Sun article that we weren’t happy with and you’ll hear Jake’s side of the story one day, but it’s probably a private matter for now,” he added.
“The allegations were from a while back and Jake’s been pretty upfront and honest with the clubs that we’ve met with and so have we.
“Has it affected the suitors? No because they knew about it.
“He’s a young man, he’s 23 and he’s got two kids so it’s a unique situation.”
Stringer earned All-Australian selection in 2015 at just 21 years of age, kicking 56 goals in 22 games. However, he has struggled to replicate that form since, kicking 42 and 26 goals in the past two seasons and averaging just 12 touches this season.
He has played a total of 89 games for the Bulldogs and kicked 160 goals.