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Dogs keeping watch over three players from rival clubs

  • Dogs keeping watch over three players from rival clubs

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Mason Wood of the Kangaroos celebrates during the 2016 AFL Round 13 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Western Bulldogs are keen to add further young talent to their list at the end of the year, with the Bulldogs keeping watch on three players from rival clubs.

The most exciting name of the trio is North Melbourne's Mason Wood, who remains out of contract at the Kangaroos, and is attracting some big interest from rival clubs given his recent good run of form. 

Wood, 22 years of age has struggled to cement his spot in the North Melbourne forward line in recent years due to the tall forwards of Petrie, Waite and Brown having priority over him, but his last two games against finals fancies, Hawthorn and Adelaide.

The Bulldogs are also interested in Gold Coast ruckman Tom Nicholls, with the Bulldogs having to make do with Jordan Roughead in the ruck, with sources suggesting that they would rather Roughead play as a defender if they were given the option. 

Nicholls is holding down the number one ruck position at the Suns, but is out of contract come the end of the season and hasn't made any indication that he wants to remain at the club going forward.

The third of the trio is Geelong's Nathan Vardy, who is down the pecking order at Geelong due to a number of injuries and new recruits. 

Vardy sits behind key forwards Tom Hawkins, Shane Kersten, Mitch Clark and Rhys Stanley, but has shown prior to his knee injuries that he is capable of playing some good football, and can fit a need at the Western Bulldogs. 

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