Midfield jet Josh Dunkley appears to have one foot in front of the Western Bulldogs’ door and confirmed to 7NEWS he was on the verge of making a big decision in the coming days.
7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary has revealed that Dunkley will face Port Adelaide this week, with the Power “coming strong” and needing a powerful midfielder.
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Two years after a failed attempt to join Essendon, Port Adelaide have a lucrative long-term deal on the table for the star onballer.
And Dunkley confirmed his partner Tippah Dwan, who plays netball for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, would play a role in his decision.
“That [Bulldogs] have given me so much over the past seven years and I have loved every minute of it,” Dunkley told 7NEWS on Tuesday.
“It’s more just trying to think about my future and my life and so, yes, some big decisions that need to be made over the next few days.
“Family has always been important to me and Tippah obviously lives in Adelaide so, as I mentioned, we’ll have to weigh those decisions over the next few days.”
The Power has slid down the ladder this year and concerns have been raised about their midfield.
Cleary said Port felt he was still missing a good midfielder despite the emergence of young savages Connor Rozee and Zak Butters, and Dunkley fit into the picture.
Meanwhile, former Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has shelved all plans for retirement and added a year to his decorated AFL career.
7NEWS reporter Tom Browne revealed on Monday that Cotchin was close to signing and veteran striker Jack Riewoldt would also accept a reduced contract.
Cotchin, the 2012 Brownlow Medalist, initially thought this year would be his last in the AFL ranks but has opted to extend a contract by a year.
“It was probably not originally planned to go again,” Cotchin said on his club’s website on Tuesday.
“But I think that has changed for a number of reasons. First, my body, and also that you’ve been retired for a long time, that’s what I had in mind.
“Something that really came through this year, too, was the joy it brought my children.
“Having that added purpose of not only doing my best for myself and our team, but also to play and really enjoy the journey of AFL Footy and the Richmond Tigers (with them).”
The 32-year-old is a three-time Premiership skipper but resigned from captaincy this season as he put on a strong performance averaging 22.7 retirements per game.
“As you approach the end of your career, you don’t know when it’s going to come,” he said.
“But I feel like I’ve contributed relatively well for most of the season from a football perspective.”
If Cotchin plays at least 13 games in 2023, he will become the sixth member of Richmond’s 300 game club.
The club have already lost three multiple Premiership winners to retirement this year – Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert and Josh Caddy.
– with AAP
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