WESTERN Bulldogs’ enigma Jake Stringer has chosen Geelong as the club he wants to join if a deal is to be struck this trade period, according to The Age’s Sam McClure.
Stringer joined the Bulldogs in the 2012 National Draft and was part of the team that delivered the Bulldogs’ their first premiership in 62 years last season.
Since then Stringer has fallen out of favour at the Bulldogs, following a disappointing year which saw the Bulldogs’ miss the eight and Stringer struggle to recapture his best form.
A trade looks almost certain for the 23-year-old, who wants to stay in Victoria, with Geelong and Essendon presenting as likely suitors.
The Age Journalist Sam McClure says that Stringer has already met with Geelong officials, expressing a desire to join the club during the off-season.
“He likes Geelong, Geelong likes him,” McClure said on SEN radio.
“He as I understand it will nominate his preferred destination by the end of next week for the upcoming trade period, and as it stands that club is Geelong.”
Essendon also have a strong interest in Stringer, whilst the Bombers are also targeting teammate and former Bomber Stewart Crameri for a return to Windy Hill.
Speaking at the launch of AFL Trade Radio on Tuesday, Stringer said he was initially ‘shocked’ at being put up for trade by the club.
This came after an exit meeting with coach Luke Beveridge that Stringer thought ‘went well’.
“We just spoke about family and life and I was really confident walking out of there,” Stringer said.
“There’s still a lot of ways to go in where I end up playing footy next year, but I’m confident that I can get back to somewhere where my best footy is.”
Stringer has kicked 160 goals in 89 games for the Bulldogs.