Dockers keen to land Jackson and keep Lobb

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Fremantle chief executive Simon Garlick is confident the club will have the capacity to trade Melbourne big man Luke Jackson without having to give up reluctant Docker Rory Lobb.

The Dockers are set to be the biggest players during the upcoming trade period, with Lobb, Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker and Blake Acres all keen to leave.

Lobb, whose bid to be traded to GWS last year fell through, is desperate to join the Western Bulldogs.

But with uncontracted swingman Logue expected to join North Melbourne on a five-year deal, the Dockers have told Lobb he will have to see out the final year of his contract.

Despite this, Lobb hasn't given up hope of ending up at the Bulldogs.

Fremantle will need to bolster their draft hand if they are to secure Jackson, who has already told the Demons he wants to move back to WA.

That's left West Coast and Fremantle in a two-way race for the 20-year-old's services.

It could take two first-round picks to secure Jackson.

Whatever the price ends up being, Garlick says that doesn't mean Fremantle have to give up Lobb.

"We've got the capacity and the room to do that (getting Jackson) we think, without linking the two," Garlick told SEN WA.

"We're really excited to start those conversations and see where they end up.

"First and foremost, we've got to talk to Luke to see what his intention is and where he'd like to end up and what he'd like to do.

"Then you've obviously got to talk to the club where the player is coming from, that's something you can do in parallel and hopefully we're successful at the end of it all."

Acres has nominated Carlton as his club of choice, while contracted midfielder Tucker is being chased by a number of Victorian clubs, most notably North Melbourne.

Lobb, Acres and Logue all played crucial roles in securing Fremantle's first finals berth since 2015.

"It's disappointing that they want opportunity elsewhere, but I think I can sit here and say they've all had career-best years in their footy careers," Dockers coach Justin Longmuir told Mix 94.5.

"That's a reflection of the environment that's in place for them to be able to play their best footy.

"They're not leaving to better their footy. Players want to shift for a lot of different reasons and some of that's out of our control."