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The two Victorian rivals that should target out of favour Dog in the trade period


Western Bulldogs vice-captain Mitch Wallis has not been able to break into the side this year, with the club re-working their forward line and unintentionally rendering his role redundant.

The 2020 Dogs leading goal kicker played the first two rounds of this year before being dropped and is yet to return to the side.

The 28-year-old still has plenty to offer, be it up forward or through the midfield where he started his career, and Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy believes he could fill a need at Carlton.

“If I’m Carlton, I’m looking at Mitch Wallis and saying we are an A-grade midfield away from contending, so how do we build an A-grade midfield?” Healy told AFL Nation.

“Now, Mitch Wallis hasn’t played midfield for a while, but he’s certainly a mid-sized forward who can take a mark who can go into the midfield and he can shield for a couple of other blokes while you build that midfield.

“You may go to the draft over the next few years specifically getting your midfield.

“But you may be able to pick up one or two Mitch Wallis’ around the traps to bolster your competitiveness to get you close to or in the top eight next year.”

Premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis agrees, but sees St Kilda as a more favourable landing spot.

“I think if Mitch is going to be getting his way back into (the Bulldogs) side, it’s going to be through the midfield.”

“If he’s going to be a good acquisition for other sides, it’s going to be in the midfield.

“But also what he brings, he’s been appointed vice-captain of the Western Bulldogs so he brings leadership.

“You think of St Kilda, a lot of their messaging has been ‘we don’t have any leaders so when things get tough we’ve got no one talking’.

“He would be a prime candidate for St Kilda.”

Wallis has played 153 career games since being selected in the 2010 National Draft.

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