A Victorian club has reportedly lodged a potential bid for retired Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands in the upcoming mid-season draft, according to AFL Media journalist Damian Barrett.

Sandilands played 271 AFL games for the Dockers from 2003-2019 and was one of the most dominant ruckman of the modern era, winning two best and fairests and four All-Australian blazers.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers and Tom Hickey of the Saints contest a boundary throw in during the round 15 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Fremantle Dockers at Patersons Stadium on July 7, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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Barrett revealed on AFL Daily that the 38-year old's management has received enquires about his potential availability for the upcoming mid-season draft.

"Clubs have actually asked the question. I had been told by one particular club it was worth enquiring about the possibility of this happening," Barrett said.

"So (I) went to his management, Colin Young, based there in Perth, who has known him effectively his whole football life.

"Without naming the clubs, he has said that there was an enquiry from a Melbourne-based club.

"I also believe in the off-season, (at) Fremantle, when he was working as a part-time assistant coach in the rucking space, were so impressed with him. (They) made comments that he looked as good as ever.

"Look, there's a few things working against him obviously, with a 38-year old who hasn't played since 2019. And it must be said, was banged up when he finished, the 271-game career that he had.

"But the time away from the game has fixed the body up and it is intriguing that. Look, do I think it is going to happen? No, I probably don't, because we're a conservative industry the AFL, compared with what they would do in the United States.

"But the fact that the question has been asked, and that is on record from the management of Aaron Sandilands that is was an enquiry. Where it goes, who knows?

"It's a possibility given that one club certainly in Melbourne has asked, and the one in Fremantle to which he already played his entire career was also interested in what he may have been doing at some stage of this season as well."

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PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers contests a ruck with Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues during the round nine AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

It is believed that if a club was to take a punt on Sandilands and he is keen to play, it would only be for the remainder of the 2021 season.

As Barrett pointed out, Sandilands would certainly be up against it to return to AFL level at 38 years of age, having suffered a myriad of injuries in his later years.

The big man was restricted to just 32 games in the last four years of his career due to ongoing injuries, with 2015 being the last season where he played over 20 games.

The other complete unknown factor in Sandliands' potential recruitment is the big man's personal drive and motivation to return.

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Speculating on which clubs may be interested in him, Barrett named Geelong and Carlton as potential suitors.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers juggles the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

However, Barrett stressed that it was sheer conjecture and that he wasn't privy to any genuine links.

"I'm putting my hand up, I don't know. But I look at the clubs in the eight and the one that has a regular problem in the ruck is Geelong, that's a fact. Even last week they left out of their team Rhys Stanley, who has been a very, very good player. But one who has constantly finished matches with a question mark over his impact," he said.

"So there's a possibility.

"The other one is a strange one, again, me just speculating who this club may be. Carlton, obviously has a Marc Pittonet, doing an okay job there. Tom De Koning is the one they want to get into that position but he just hasn't had a crack at it with injury.

"If they somehow get on half a roll Carlton, to give themselves a chance to make the eight, I can't imagine why you wouldn't ask the question of yourself: 'Gee, how much better would we look if we could get six to eight games out of an Aaron Sandilands in the back half of the season?'"

Meanwhile, fellow AFL Daily host Nat Edwards named Gold Coast as a potential destination, who have four list spots available and gun ruckman Jarrod Witts out for the season with an ACL injury.

The AFL mid-season draft will be held on June 2.

Listen to the full audio surrounding potential interest in Sandilands below!