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THE WESTERN Bulldogs remain adamant Jake Stringer could play out the final year of his contract at Whitten Oval despite his manager declaring neither party wants that.

Since Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge came out publicly last month to declare it would be best for club and player to part ways, just 12 months on from a drought-breaking premiership, it has seemed certain that Stringer would leave.

However, the Dogs are insistent they want adequate compensation for the 23-year-old, who two seasons ago made the All Australian team. 

"We'll continue to have discussions with the relevant parties but as it stands, Jake's a Bulldogs player and there's every chance that Jake will be a Bulldogs player in 2018," director of football Chris Grant told

That contradicted what Stringer's manager Robbie D'Orazio told Channel Seven on Friday.

"You never say never but I don't think the Bulldogs would want Jake back and I don't think Jake wants to go there either," D'Orazio said.

Essendon is in pole position to land the powerful forward but traded away its first-round selection (No.11) in the deal to acquire Devon Smith from Greater Western Sydney.

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