AFL Front & Centre: Cloke may quit with a year still on his contract

Two much-maligned tall forwards are attracting interest from rival clubs, while one wayward goal-kicker could retire.

Collingwood's American project player, Mason Cox, is being chased by clubs as a promising ruckman who can rest as a dangerous forward. The out-of-contract 211cm American is still a work in progress, despite having played 17 games. He has been out of favour for most of this season, and last played in round 16, but other clubs have clearly seen enough raw potential and the glimmer of talent in the 26-year-old to consider him in a possible trade. The beanpole made headlines in his native country when he goaled with his first kick in senior football, on Anzac Day last year.

The other forward, Carlton's high-marking Levi Casboult, is also being strongly pursued, with Richmond attempting to woo him to Punt Rd to form a two-pronged power attack alongside Jack Riewoldt. For all Casboult's marking skills, his wonky kicking for goal has often let him down. Yet, under the tutelage of Saverio Rocca, the 27-year-old has been able to turn his goalkicking around and become quite a reliable set shot, booting 29.18 this year.

Meanwhile, out-of-luck forward Travis Cloke could pull the pin with one year remaining on his contract with Western Bulldogs, according to former Collingwood assistant coach Ben Hart.

"I'm just hearing a little word on the street that Travis Cloke will more than likely not go on next year," Hart told Sportsday SA.

This season could be defined by the list of greats calling time on their decorated careers, with Steve Johnson, Luke Hodge, Matt Priddis, Matt Boyd, Nick Riewoldt, Scott Thompson and Jobe Watson recently revealing they will call time on their glittering careers this year.

Cloke has played just eight games in a tumultuous season in which injury and illness has interrupted his first year at new club Western Bulldogs.

The former Collingwood spearhead also came out saying he was battling depression.