Western Bulldog Patrick Lipinski requests trade, set for Pies move

Western Bulldogs midfielder Patrick Lipinski has informed the club he is seeking a trade, with the 23-year-old expected to join Collingwood in the upcoming trade period.

The talented Lipinski officially informed the club of his decision on Monday after the Bulldogs lost the grand final to Melbourne.

Bulldog Patrick Lipinski has requested a move to Collingwood.Credit:Getty Images

He has played 56 games in his five seasons with the club and played 12 games this season but found it impossible to cement a spot in the team’s strong midfield.

The Bulldogs offered Lipinski a deal to stay with the club and are expected to drive a hard bargain with the Magpies despite the fact Lipinski – who was pick 28 in the 2016 national draft – will get more opportunities at Collingwood.

Lipinski fits the Magpies’ profile of players who can play midfield/forward and is set to join the club along with Geelong’s key Nathan Kreuger. Collingwood will also need to retain points to claim Nick Daicos as the father-son prospect is likely to attract a bid within the first four selections.

Collingwood have picks 36, 39, 41 and 45 but are confident they won’t go into deficit next season.

Meanwhile, “pioneering” playmaker Caleb Daniel will open contract renegotiations with the Bulldogs over summer, as the runners-up look to ensure their grand final nucleus remains intact.

The Bulldogs, still coming to terms with a 74-point defeat to Melbourne on the sport’s showpiece day, have a bevy of key men off contract, this year and next.

As the Dogs broke up in Perth on Tuesday for their off-season break, with the best-and-fairest count to be held this week, they have confirmed they will look to open negotiations with the likes of All-Australians Jack Macrae and Bailey Dale, along with Josh Dunkley, Jason Johannisen, Tim English, Bailey Smith, Toby McLean and Daniel, who are off contract next season.

Ruckmen Lewis Young and Stef Martin are off contract soon.

Daniel, last year’s best-and-fairest winner, had another strong season, and was one of the Dogs’ best in the grand final, with 37 disposals. He was the man the Dogs looked to have ball in hand as often as possible through the season, for his decision making and skills by foot are elite.

Caleb Daniel has been a “pioneer” for small players, according to his manager.Credit:AFL Photos

His manager Marty Pask said on Tuesday discussions for a new deal would begin over the off-season.

“He’s built a really good career, All-Australian, premiership player, best and fairest winner at the club,” Pask said on Trade Radio.

“He’s obviously a free agent, he’s done very well, and he’s a player you’re really proud of because you can only remember when he started there was a lot of knocks on where he fitted at AFL level, what he would be able to do, what position he would be able to play and whether or not there would be AFL interest.

“He’s been a pioneer for the smaller player and people that can use it really well and make good decisions. He’s just been a huge player.

“We’re definitely keen to chat with the Bulldogs whenever they’re happy to take a deep breath after the grand final and the trade period. I’m sure we’ll start talking in the off-season.”

The undersized but robust Martin battled injuries and managed only nine matches but was a key figure in the Dogs’ rise this season, and his teammates were relieved when he returned in time for the preliminary final. Industry sources say he did not activate a trigger clause this year but, despite turning 35 in November, wants to play on.

Young, who made way for Martin after the winning semi-final over Brisbane, could attract interest from his home state of South Australia but the Dogs are keen to keep him.

English, from South Fremantle, is keen to remain at the Whitten Oval but industry sources say that could depend on any level of interest from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle, and whether the Dogs pursue another ruckman.

Dunkley said this month he had yet to discuss a contract extension, a year after he unsuccessfully sought a trade to Essendon. Bombers coach Ben Rutten said on Monday his club would not pursue Dunkley “at this stage”, but Bombers great Matthew Lloyd said Dunkley could be used in a deal for the Dogs to attract a ruckman and key defender.

The Dogs say Dunkley has not given any indication he wants to leave, and have pointed to his strong friendship with Adam Treloar as one reason why he would see a long-term future at the club.

Vice-captain Mitch Wallis

(six senior matches this season) and midfielder-forward Patrick Lipinski (11 matches), the latter linked to Collingwood, have been offered contract extensions but are weighing up their futures.

The Dogs shape as a power for the next decade, for they are set to welcome highly-touted father-son prospect Sam Darcy in the national draft. Darcy, an athletic 205 centimetre forward-ruckman, is the son of former ruckman and current board director Luke Darcy. Last year’s No.1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan managed only five senior matches in his rookie year but will be a key piece of the Dogs’ long-term forward plans.

The Dogs are chasing an assistant coach to look after their gold-plated midfield. Steven King’s decision to join the Gold Coast Suns has prompted the Dogs to elevate Ashley Hansen into the senior assistant role under Luke Beveridge, highlighting why the former West Coast Eagle is seen as a future senior coach.

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