Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin remains without a deal from the Lions as the free agency period draws to a close on Friday, has attracted interest from the Bulldogs who are searching for a ruck partner for Tim English.
English, 23, is an exciting young ruck prospect but was outmuscled by more mature big men last season, forcing coach Luke Beveridge to use midfielder Josh Dunkley in the ruck late in the season.
The club has recognised English needs more support in the ruck for next season as it attempts to join the top-four next season after a disappointing 2020.
Importantly, Martin has the versatility to play in the ruck and as a marking target in the front half as Josh Bruce struggled at times to have an impact this season.
Martin, who is out of contract at Brisbane, has emerged as a free hit for the Dogs over the past week after missing out on Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy.
The Lions have other younger ruckmen to turn to including Oscar McInerney, Tom Fullarton, Archie Smith and ex-Essendon spearhead Joe Daniher.
Martin has played 130 games for the Lions after crossing from Melbourne at the end of the 2012 season.