World News – UA – West Bulldogs react after midfielder’s last day big bombshell


The Western Bulldogs put their feet on the ground after Josh Dunkley told the club he wanted to go to Essendon during the next AFL commercial period

The 23-year-old midfielder is still on contract for two more years, but has received interest from the Bombers cashed in in recent days

With a lucrative offer likely on the table, Dunkley – as 7NEWS Melbourne’s Tom Browne revealed on Saturday – told the club he wanted to join Essendon

« Sources familiar with the situation told me Dunkley wanted to go to Essendon and told the Bulldogs so, » Browne said during Channel 7’s big final coverage

« It’s going to be traded, but I think it’ll be one of the biggest showdowns of the trade period »

The Premier of 2016 has dropped slightly in the Bulldogs’ pecking order this year, filling roles in midfield, front and scrum

The lure of the Bombers’ constant minutes in midfield seems to have won over Dunkley, but the Dogs won’t give up on him without a fight

« It’s not happening He’s not going anywhere, » club general manager Ameet Bains told Mark Stevens of 7NEWS Melbourne

The Bulldogs’ response comes days before the official opening of the AFL trade season

Essendon is set for more draft picks when Joe Daniher (Brisbane), Adam Saad (Carlton) and Orazio Fantasia (South Australia) leave

Several choices would be needed to secure Dunkley, given the length of his existing contract and the importance of the Bulldogs setup

Jordan De Goey of Collingwood will stay with the club for the next two years after his bid testing the market in recent weeks has failed

Carlton and Essendon considered a play after being approached by De Goey’s father Roger, but declined at an asking price of $ 1 million

« I understand that Jordan De Goey’s management, especially his father, have told two clubs I know this week that he will stay at Collingwood for two years before his free agency, » Tom Browne of 7NEWS Melbourne told me

« So unless someone stings Carlton certainly didn’t come and strike as De Goey perhaps would have liked, that means De Goey is now very likely to stay in Collingwood and be re-engage for two years before free agency

North Melbourne put seven numbers on the table in their unsuccessful pursuit of De Goey in the 2018 season

While then in the middle of a 48-goal season as the Pies reached the grand final, De Goey has scored just 14 goals this year – nine of them in two games – and now has a case pending

He is due in court later this year after being charged with indecent assault in an alleged incident in 2015

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World News – UA – Western Bulldogs respond to midfielder’s last day bombshell


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