Midfield jet Josh Dunkley appears to have one foot out the Western Bulldogs door, confirming to 7NEWS he was on the verge of making a big decision in the coming days.
7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary has revealed that Dunkley is set to meet Port Adelaide this week with the Power “coming hard” and in need of a big-bodied 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 factor in his decision.
“The [Bulldogs] have given a lot to me over the last seven years and I’ve 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, yeah, a few big decisions to make over the next few days.
“Family’s always been important to me and Tippah’s obviously living in Adelaide, so we’ll have to weigh up those decisions over the next few days, as I mentioned.”
The Power slipped down the ladder this year and concerns arose over their midfield.
Cleary said Port believed they were still one good midfielder short, despite the emergence of young guns Connor Rozee and Zak Butters, and Dunkley fitted the bill.
7NEWS reporter Tom Browne said on Monday that Cotchin was about to sign, while also revealing veteran forward Jack Riewoldt would accept a reduced contract.
Riewoldt told 7NEWS on Tuesday he was happy to take a pay cut to continue his career.
“I feel like I’ve got another a year in me [but] I’m not going to be asking for a two-year contract, I can tell you that,” Riewoldt said.
“That’s just the reality of footy. You’re getting old. I’m not playing for money, I’m playing for love, and I’m playing to win another premiership.”
Cotchin, the 2012 Brownlow medallist, initially thought this year would be his last in AFL ranks but has decided to sign a one-year contract extension.
“The plan probably was not initially to go again,” Cotchin told his club’s website on Tuesday.
“But I think that changed for a number of reasons. One, my body, and also that you are a long time retired, I had that nagging away in the back of my head.
“Something that really came to fruition this year as well was the joy it brought my kids.
“Having that additional purpose of not just trying my best for me and for our team but also playing and really enjoying the journey of AFL footy and the Richmond Tigers (with them).”
The 32-year-old is a triple premiership skipper but stood down from the captaincy this season when he performed strongly, averaging 22.7 disposals a game.
“As you get closer to the end of your career, you don’t know when it is going to come,” he said.
“But I feel as though I contributed from a football point of view relatively well for the majority of the season.”
If Cotchin plays at least 13 matches in 2023, he will become the sixth member of Richmond’s 300-game club.
The club has already lost three multiple premiership winners to retirement this year – Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert and Josh Caddy.
– with AAP