Collingwood reportedly among Victorian clubs showing interest in high-flying Dog

Western Bulldogs high-flyer Buku Khamis could be on the move this off-season, reports AFL Media’s Josh Gabelich.

The Next Generation Academy product has played 10 senior games but featured just once for the Bulldogs at AFL-level in 2023.

Made to play VFL football for most of the season, Khamis dominated up forward and kicked 41 goals in 18 appearances for Footscray including five in last week’s Semi Final loss to Box Hill.

While the Dogs have tabled an offer to the 23-year-old, Gabelich says he’s weighing up a move with two Victorian clubs potentially interested.

He discussed Khamis’ future with Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy and Kane Cornes on SEN Sportsday.

Cornes: “Is Buku Khamis thinking of moving on?”

Healy: “No contemplation. He’s just got to move on.”

Gabelich: “He had a great year at VFL level, kicked 41 goals which was the third most in the comp.

“He’s got an offer to remain at the Whitten Oval.

“The Western Bulldogs are waiting to see (if he takes that), but he’s weighing up some options.

“I’m told that Collingwood has shown a little bit of interest, which if you think back to last year what they did with even a Billy Frampton … they’ve been really good at identifying roles.

“I think North Melbourne have shown some interest as well. He’s got a decision to make across the coming weeks.”

Healy: “I love him across the halfback line. He’s got speed, he’s got reach. I’ve seen him play an unbelievably good game across that halfback line.

“Clearly, he can play in the forward line at the VFL level. I’m not sure about the top level, but he’s got pace and pace is just going to grow and grow in importance in this game.”

Gabelich: “Clubs view him differently. Some view him as a forward, some view him as an intercepting defender.

“So he’s just one to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks.”

Khamis played eight games for the Bulldogs in 2022 where he kicked six goals and averaged 10 disposals and 3.6 marks per game.

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