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Dogs among Lobb’s Victorian suitors

Collingwood mid-forward Elliott is likely to return next week from a broken AC joint, with coach Craig McRae gushing in recent weeks about his impact as a small forward.The Pies have wanted to contract Elliott for some time but he was also keen to maximise his worth in what at 29 years of his age is his last lucrative multi-year contract.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Those talks will kick into gear again when he returns to the field, with Elliott injury-prone but possessing a rare blend of clearance ability, overhead marking, goal sense and speed.It means the Pies will need to compensate him fairly but despite question marks about Jordan De Goey’s future Elliott wants to remain at the Pies.Rival clubs have believed Western Bulldogs Dale’s recent explosion in form as an All Australian defender might challenge the club’s cap space given it also needs to sign Bailey Smith, Josh Dunkley, Tim English and Caleb Daniel.But the Dogs not only have cap space after several seasons of saving to retain players, they have ambitious plans to secure reinforcements at both ends.Dale ranks elite for disposals and metres gained and at only 25 years of age has many exceptional years ahead of him.He will likely have to sacrifice the $650,000 per season rivals would be keen to offer him but he is intent on remaining at Whitten Oval.The Dogs are one of multiple Melbourne clubs with strong interest in Fremantle’s Rory Lobb, who can fill a role as a forward pinch-hitting in the ruck.Clubs would need to hand over as much as $500,000 a year for a three-season deal on Lobb.His teammate Griffin Logue is also likely to find his way to a rival side given the Dogs are one of many suitors for the key defender.The Dogs would ideally find a lockdown defender and either secure a key position forward or secure a young key back they can turn into a key position forward.Clubs across the competition including Collingwood and Essendon have tried hard to find key position forwards but while free agent Daniel McStay is out of contract there are few other available targets.As revealed by the Herald Sun, Tim English will stay at the club and Caleb Daniel’s new long-term deal is not far off being locked away.

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