Jacob Hopper expressed his desire to end up at Punt road from 2023 and beyond on Thursday , picking Richmond over Geelong who were also in the running for the midfielder's services.

The midfielder has joined teammate Tim Taranto in requesting a trade to Richmond, although, with both players not yet out-of-contract, a big trade offer will have to be facilitated between the Tigers and GWS.

Richmond and Geelong were always the two teams going toe-to-toe for Hopper's services, but the Tigers' mammoth seven-year contract offer to Hopper was one that Geelong were reluctant to match, and have since turned their attention elsewhere.

The club has been sounding out former Geelong Falcons and local Geelong boy Tanner Bruhn for years now, and it seems Bruhn will definitely be leaving the giants this off-season, with Geelong and North the two front-runners to acquire his services.

If the Cats do end up luring Bruhn to the club for 2023 and beyond, the club will have a delicious crop of emerging midfielders along with Tom Atkins and Max Holmes, just to name a couple.

The Cats have also sounded out North Melbourne youngster Bailey Scott, who finished third in the clubs Syd Barker Medal this year and remains uncontracted at the Roos.

Scott is a running small defender with a tremendous field kick and can hurt teams offensively, the type of player Geelong does not really have in defence.

It's rumoured the club is also looking at former Essendon half-back Conor McKenna, who has returned from Ireland in a bid to play AFL once again.

Geelong will take on either Melbourne or Brisbane next weekend in a preliminary final clash at the MCG.