Former AFL star Liam Jones has reportedly been linked with the Western Bulldogs as the 31-year-old weighs up options for a return to senior level in 2023.
Jones walked away from Carlton last November because of the league’s vaccination mandate – an order lifted this month – during which he was the linchpin of the side’s defensive set-up.
The Herald Sun reports Jones and his partner met with Doggs officials at the home of club football boss Chris Grant, suggesting a return to his first AFL club is on the table.
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Jones was seen meeting Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro in Queensland last week, with many suitors expected to make their interest known given Jones’ potential.
Carlton are not expected to re-sign Jones but could seek compensation if he plays for another club in 2023.
Jones played 66 games for the Bulldogs after they drafted him with the No. 32 pick in the 2008 draft, but he was primarily deployed as a forward.
He played 95 games for Carlton between 2015 and 2021 and established himself as one of the best one-on-one defenders in the competition in recent years.