FREE AGENT Mitch Wallis is a wanted man at the Western Bulldogs, and coach Luke Beveridge says there's a contract on the table for the in-form midfielder.
Speculation has swirled all year that the father-son recruit will depart Whitten Oval at season's end to seek more opportunity after spending periods in the VFL in 2018.
The 25-year-old told AFL.com.au this week he wants to remain at the club he's barracked for his whole life, but a deal was unlikely to be brokered until the Dogs' disappointing campaign comes to a close in four weeks.
When asked about the prospects of Wallis extending his eight-year career at the club his father Steve captained and played 261 games for, Beveridge said on Friday there was a contract there to be accepted.
"There is (an offer in front of Wallis), so we're just working through that with his management," Beveridge said.
"The free-agency status entitles players to explore what the market is going to tell them in as far as their worth, but how that transpires, I couldn't tell you.
"We're working with his management to try and secure Mitch's services for the future."
Beveridge said in the past he wanted Wallis to add a "qualitative sheen" to his game to complement strong contested-ball attributes, and Wallis has answered that in the second half of the season, with an ability to hit the scoreboard and involve himself in other attacking forays.
"Mitch Wallis is a prime example of a player we've had some conversations around what's going to improve him as a player, and we know how capable he can be," Beveridge said.
"That can be quite confronting and a little bit uncomfortable for players, but he's done a great job of focusing on some of those areas that he knew he could bring into his game and to enhance his game.
"In general terms, he's shown he can be a pretty dangerous offensive player and he's always had that midfield craft, and he's had a good combination of both in recent times. No doubt that helps Mitch and his endeavours to secure his immediate future.
"I think he's playing some really good footy now, and we're really happy with the way he's going."
Wallis is one of 16 Bulldogs who fall out of contract at season's end, with premiership players Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Liberatore, Jordan Roughead, Shane Biggs and Tory Dickson also unsecured for 2019.
Dickson, 30, is one player Beveridge is backing to win a new deal despite his past two seasons being plagued by soft-tissue injuries.
Asked if uncontracted players were playing for their careers in the last four games of the Dogs' season, Beveridge didn't agree, but backed them to show their worth before the year is out.
"There are quite a few (players) out of contract with varying situations," Beveridge conceded.
"I think we've got to this point in the year where there's a handful of players that have been great workhorses and done a fair bit as far their performances go over the journey, but probably haven't been at their best.
"The boys will do the upmost to show us what they're capable of, and that's always going to help with their future. But whether their form in these last handful of games is decisive in regard to whether or not they've still got AFL futures or not, I wouldn't say that."
While there's likely to be changes to the Dogs' playing list, Beveridge says his coaching panel will remain intact.
AFL.com.au understands assistant coaches Daniel Giansiracusa (stoppages), Ash Hansen (forwards), Joel Corey (midfield) and Steven King (backline) all are contracted for 2019.
"I couldn't be happier with our coaches," Beveridge said.
"The coaches are really the same panel that helped us win the 2016 flag and they've been an enormous support for me.
"They've been great contributors in their areas."
Beveridge also said the club had no room to accommodate departing Hawthorn assistant and former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.