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Veteran Magpie Cloke asks to be traded

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TRAVIS Cloke has officially requested a trade from Collingwood.

The key forward rang coach Nathan Buckley on Tuesday morning to advise the club that he wants to continue his career elsewhere in 2017.

Collingwood football boss Neil Balme said the club would help to facilitate a trade if a suitable deal could be struck.

"He's contracted to us (in 2017), but he's suggested that he wants to find out whether there's somewhere else for him to play," Balme told AFL.com.au.

"If he finds something then he needs to talk to us and the other club needs to talk to us and we'll consider it all."

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It is understood the Western Bulldogs, whose recruiting team was spotted assessing Cloke's performance against Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday, Richmond and North Melbourne are interested in the spearhead's services.

The 29-year-old was dropped from the senior team three times throughout 2016 and kicked 17 goals in 13 games.

If a suitable trade is not reached it is believed the Magpies would be happy for Cloke, who has kicked 441 goals from 246 games in 12 seasons at Collingwood, to play for them in 2017.

Collingwood released a statement on Cloke's decision to request a trade on Tuesday afternoon.

"Collingwood can confirm that veteran forward Travis Cloke this morning asked to be released from the final year of his contract," the statement read. 

"While Travis remains contracted to play for Collingwood in 2017, all at Collingwood respect Travis’ right to explore his options and acknowledge his 12 years of exceptional senior service."