ESSENDON forward Jake Carlisle has received "a lot of interest" from rival clubs, his manager Anthony McConville says.
The 23-year-old is due to fall out of contract at season's end and is yet to recommit to the Bombers.
McConville said other clubs had expressed their interest in securing Carlisle's services.
"There's a lot of interest in Jake, no doubt, but at the moment (he) just wants to play good football," McConville told Channel Seven on Monday night.
"We'll revisit it (at) the halfway point of the year and the dialogue's always open with Essendon, they know where we're positioned and that's where it's at."
McConville said his client had decided to defer contract talks to focus on his on-field matters.
"We've had some conversations with the club (but) at this point in time, Jake's just wanting to let his football do the talking," he said.
"We'll have those conversations at the end of the season."
Carlisle has played 76 games for the Bombers since being recruited with pick No.24 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft.
There is constant discussion about whether he is best suited as a forward or a defender.
Last season's coach Mark Thompson shifted Carlisle from defence to attack, with limited success. He kicked 27 goals in 19 matches, including a haul of eight against the Western Bulldogs.
This season he has played eight games and kicked 11 goals.