Carlton are believed to be leading the race for GWS Giants forward Devon Smith.

The 24-year-old Giant, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is set to return to his home state of Victoria this trade period.

While Geelong are believed to be showing plenty of interest, it is understood that Carlton are keen on Smith who is under selection consideration for Saturday’s Preliminary Final against Richmond.

With the Blues reportedly set to make a serious move for Smith, could it prompt the Cats to generate a genuine play for Jake Stringer?

Stringer, who has been put up for trade by the Western Bulldogs, has some history with the Geelong Football Club.

“Obviously Paddy (Dangerfield) and the boys down there are going through finals right now,” he said at the NAB AFL Trade Radio launch when asked if the Cats appeal.

“Before I got drafted (there was interest).

“I did my AIS for a week down there (in 2010) so I’ve got some good relationships out of there with Moons (Cameron Mooney) and Scarlo (Matthew Scarlett), then they obviously came to the Dogs (as coaches).

“I spent some good time with them. They are the people I’ve held in respect for a long time.”

The Cats look a good fit for Stringer but if they were to go after the enigmatic forward, it would also likely end their apparent pursuit of club great Gary Ablett whose future at the Gold Coast Suns remains clouded.

Listen to Stringer speak of the Geelong appeal below:

Watch Stringer’s reaction to being placed on the trade table by the Bulldogs below:

Stringer on Bulldogs trade

"I love the boys, I love the members, I love the club." - Jake Stringer after finding out the Western Bulldogs have put him up for trade.

Posted by AFL Trade Radio on Tuesday, 19 September 2017