Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar has done a medical at the Western Bulldogs while teammate Jaidyn Stephenson has met with North Melbourne as he considers his future.
Treloar met with the Bulldogs at a discreet location away from Whitten Oval on Tuesday and had a medical after meeting with coaches and key staff.
The Dogs wanted to assess the player's hamstrings in particular after he tore the hamstrings of both legs last year in an unusual incident and then tore a hamstring this year.
The results of the medical will be known on Wednesday and will determine whether the Dogs pursue talks with Collingwood for the player who is contracted for five more years with the Magpies on about $900,000 a year.
The Dogs also wanted to understand Treloar’s personal situation with his partner Kim Ravaillion moving with their young baby to Queensland next year for her to play netball on the Gold Coast.
Treloar has reportedly indicated he now considers it unlikely that he could return to Collingwood but he wants to play for a Victorian club and preferably one in finals or flag contention.
The Dogs say any move for Treloar is independent of a decision on Josh Dunkley after their midfielder asked to be traded to Essendon.
It is not inconceivable, but it is unlikely, the Bulldogs would trade for Treloar and still hold onto Dunkley.
Sources suggest they have sufficient salary cap space for the two players but the very fact of bringing in Treloar would mean there would be even more pressure for time playing on the ball next year and Dunkley had said time spent playing on the ball was a prime reason for his interest in a move to Essendon.
The Bulldogs are increasingly frustrated that the Bombers have offered a contract to their contracted player to encourage him to leave the club but to date have offered only a pick that they do not yet have – pick eight that Essendon will almost certainly get from Carlton as part of any exchange still being negotiated for Adam Saad.
Essendon has not offered either of the picks - six or seven – that they already have in the draft for Dunkley.
Meanwhile, former rising star winner Stephenson has spoken with North Melbourne about a possible trade.
Stephenson is contracted to Collingwood but the club has been open to the idea of him looking elsewhere if it delivered them the right deal. Stephenson had initially insisted he wanted to remain at Collingwood and rediscover his best form but he agreed to speak with North this week and explore the option.
Stephenson has had a difficult past two seasons with a gambling suspension last year then glandular fever this year leading to a drop in his form. He was dropped late in the year.