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JOSH Schache could yet get home to Victoria with the Western Bulldogs and Essendon both circling the homesick Brisbane Lion ahead of Thursday's 2pm AEDT trade deadline.
The Bulldogs inquired about Schache earlier this week but their interest appeared to cool as they focused on completing their drawn-out negotiations with Essendon over Jake Stringer.
But on Thursday morning the Bulldogs were understood to have renewed their interest in 2015's No.2 draft pick, while the Bombers had also entered the race.
The Dogs' pursuit of Schache could be complicated by the Lions' interest in Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong.
Jong, who is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction, is happy at the Whitten Oval and the chances of him consenting to a last-minute trade north appear slim.
Schache re-signed with the Lions in June but he and the club mutually agreed on the eve of the NAB AFL Trade Period to explore a move to a Victorian club.
The 199cm forward would bolster the Dogs' height in attack and potentially free Tom Boyd to spend extended time in the ruck.
His appeal to the Bulldogs is no doubt heightened by the lack of impact former Magpie Travis Cloke had in his first season at the Kennel this year, and the likely departures of medium forwards Jake Stringer and Stewart Crameri.
If Schache moved to Essendon, he could become All Australian forward Joe Daniher's partner in attack, freeing up 2014 All Australian backman Cale Hooker to return to defence.