Jake Stringer admits he was taken aback by recent news from the Western Bulldogs.
The 23-year-old has been told by the reigning Premiers that they want to trade him this year.
Speaking at the launch of NAB AFL Trade Radio, Stringer’s manager Paul Connors revealed how his camp found out about how the Bulldogs want to move the enigmatic forward along.
“We were called to a meeting at the Western Bulldogs,” said Connors.
“I was having lunch with Jake about two weeks earlier after his exit meeting, which went a lot better than people think, then a week or two later we got called to a meeting by Jason McCartney with Luke Beveridge and Chris Grant.
“They expressed their desire that they would like to try and trade Jake and that’s how we are here today.”
Speaking of his reaction to the news, Stringer said: “Shock and probably upset.
“I played in a Premiership with them. I love all the boys, I love all the members, I love the club.
“It was a shock to me but I’ve just got to move on and we’ll see what happens over the next couple of weeks.”
Asked if he had any idea of him becoming a trade subject, Stringer added: “Definitely not.
“I was pretty confident that I had a really good pre-season last year, I put in all the work.
“So I was just looking forward to putting my head down over the (next) pre-season and working hard but unfortunately things have changed over that period of time.
“I don’t know the exact details why. I haven’t spoken to Bevo I’ve spoken to Jase McCartney about those type of things.
“It’s just a whole lot of things that I could have done better whether it was training or games. It’s just a whole life sort of thing for me.”
Stringer added further: “I’m still contracted there but there’s still plenty of time and it’s still early so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m only young but I’ve learnt a lot this year and I’m really looking forward to what’s next for me.”
Reports are suggesting that Stringer is wanted by both Essendon and Geelong while the player himself admits he is open to any of the clubs in Melbourne, essentially ruling out a move interstate.
Listen to the Stringer news at the launch of NAB AFL Trade Radio for 2017 below: