Liam Stocker has met with Essendon over a possible AFL career lifeline, 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary has revealed.

The 22-year-old was delisted by Carlton this week after playing just six games at senior level in 2022.

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The Blues famously selected Stocker with pick 19 in the 2018 draft following a live trade with Adelaide where the two clubs swapped future first-round picks.

Stocker was drafted as a midfielder but never developed into that role at senior level, playing just 28 games in four seasons.

He spent most of 2022 playing in the VFL as a defender.

Desperately seeking a second chance at carving out an AFL career, Stocker met with Bombers list boss Adrian Dodoro on Thursday.

Liam Stocker was stuck in the VFL this year. Credit: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Stocker spoke up about his anxiety battles this year, talking about the panic attacks he has coped with throughout his career in a video for Beyond Blue.

He left the club’s Queensland hub in 2020 for personal reasons and did not play a senior game that year.

“Liam gave great effort during his four seasons here,” Carlton list boss Nick Austin said after announcing Stocker’s delisting.

“And while he was not able to solidify his place in the side this year, his capacity to continue to work hard was a testament to him.”

Jason Johannisen is weighing up an offer from Gold Coast. Credit: AAP

Elsewhere, the Western Bulldogs’ 2016 Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen was spotted meeting Suns officials on the Gold Coast.

The 29-year-old is weighing up a three-year offer from the club.

He played all but three games last year as the Bulldogs reached the grand final but was already on the outer, dropped for round one and occasionally used as the medical substitute.

Johannisen made eight appearances this season.

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