WESTERN Bulldogs premiership ruckman Jordan Roughead has jetted into Perth as he prepares to meet with West Coast on Friday.

Accompanied by manager Bruce Kaider, the restricted free agent will discuss the prospect of filling the void left by injured Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui.

With increasing concern ruckman Lycett will accept a lucrative offer to join Port Adelaide over St Kilda, the Eagles have moved to contingency plans.

Just eight days out from the Eagles' qualifying final against Collingwood, Roughead will sit down with key personnel and tour the club's facilities.

Lycett and Nathan Vardy are expected to carry the ruck load against Pies All Australian Brodie Grundy at Optus Stadium next Saturday night.

AFL.com.au understands Roughead has informed the Dogs of his intentions to explore free agency this off-season.

The 27-year-old is searching for greater opportunity in 2019 after playing seven VFL matches to go with his 12 AFL games this season.

Dropped on two separate occasions, Roughead forced his way back into the senior team for round 17 to play the final seven games of the season.

Speaking in June, coach Luke Beveridge put the heat on Roughead to determine his own future before he was dropped two weeks later.

Kaider, of One Management Group, told AFL.com.au in July that his client was set to weigh up his future later in the season.

It is understood St Kilda has also expressed interest in the 2016 flag ruckman.

The Saints are seen to be behind the Power in the pursuit of Lycett as they look to refresh the ruck stocks at Moorabbin.

Incumbent No.1 ruck Tom Hickey is signed for 2019, while Billy Longer is out of contract along with Lewis Pierce.

Longer was reduced to five games this season while Pierce played the final three matches to end the year, his first matches since 2016. 

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