Carlton, Hawthorn and Greater Western Sydney are understood to be keen on Lake despite currently contracted at the Bulldogs for next season. Although, all three clubs would have to have plenty of room in the salary cap with a club payout figure of around $550,000 needed. If finances came into, GWS would be the answer.
When quizzed on whether he will be at the Bulldogs next season last month, he quickly shrugged off the topic and ventured more into the Bulldogs chances of finals this season.
In his prime, Lake is the Bulldogs most valuable player given his defensive poise and rebound. But this season has by far been his worst since his arrival.
He has struggled to gain any form of fitness since the pre-season and has struggled with form in the VFL, although his last stint at Williamstown three weeks ago was arguably his best for the season.
Bulldogs development coach Peter German said the calf strain was the reason why he hadn’t played since then. But is also believed that Lake hasn’t enjoyed his football at Whitten Oval this season and that he may look elsewhere.
His manager Marty Pask couldn’t guarantee that he would remain at the Bulldogs next season when asked by Channel Nine’s The Footy Show.
It is a saga that may well play out until October.