The Western Bulldogs are preparing to cut ties with Luke Dahlhaus after the the unrestricted free agent told coach Luke Beveridge in his recent exit meeting that he will be exploring his options.
Dahlhaus has had a three-year contract on the table for several weeks and Geelong are understood to have offered him a four-year deal worth more than $500,000 a season.
A premiership player during the club's famous drought-breaking 2016 triumph, the Bulldogs have confirmed Dahlhaus' intention to leave and thanked him for his service.
Luke Dahlhaus looks unlikely to return to the Dogs next season.
Despite a brilliant individual season two years ago, Dahlhaus hasn’t been able to replicate that form, finishing outside of the top 10 in the best and fairest last year and kicking only one goal from his 17 games this year.
The 26-year-old has played 154 games in his eight seasons at the kennel, kicking 110 goals and averaging 22 disposals.
The Bulldogs are unlikely to up their offer and seem destined to settle for a compensation pick, which would likely be in the second round.
"The club had been in discussions with Dahlhaus and his management throughout the season about a new multi-year contract extension beyond 2018," the Dogs said in a statement.
"While the club is obviously disappointed an agreement could not be reached, the club maintains an obligation to be balanced in its approach across its entire playing group when making its list management decisions.
"We wish Luke well for the remainder of his career."
With Scott Spits
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