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In-demand Cloke gets praise from Dogs

  • In-demand Cloke gets praise from Dogs

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Travis Cloke of the Magpies leaves the field after the match during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Key Western Bulldogs players have heaped praise on Travis Cloke as the Collingwood forward looks for a new AFL club following Tuesday's trade request.

Tory Dickson, Matt Suckling and Jason Johannisen have all spoken highly of the veteran forward who has been linked with a move to the Dogs.

"Travis has obviously been a special player for a long time," Suckling said.

"I'm sure the list managers will make that decision but he's been a good player. I'm sure Trav could fit into most clubs and have an impact next year."

Dickson, who has kicked 30 goals in 18 games this season, is also a fan of the 29-year-old's work.

"He's a wonderful player, he's obviously had some indifferent form this year and has been sent back to the twos to work on a few things," Dickson said.

"(But) he's a great player ... that comes down to a match committee/list management (decision)."

The Dogs will contest their second finals series in succession under coach Luke Beveridge but go into their campaign as the lowest-ranked scoring team in the top eight.

Jake Stringer, the club's leading goal kicker with 37, has spent the past two weeks in the VFL but looms as a key inclusion when the Bulldogs take on West Coast in next week's elimination final in Perth.

"I think he's gone back (to the VFL) with the right mindset - he's tackled hard and his defensive pressure has been great," Dickson said.

"It's a match committee thing but it would be great to have him back in because he's a special player and he can win games of football."

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