Collingwood premiership player Josh Daicos has dropped a massive hint surrounding the future of Western Bulldogs superstar Bailey Smith.
Smith, 23, is arguably the hottest player out of contract in the AFL, but will be sidelined for the entire season after tearing his ACL at training last month.
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He has already been linked to a move away from Whitten Oval with Geelong and Hawthorn reportedly in the mix.
But his growing friendship with Josh and Nick Daicos could see Smith head to the Pies.
Smith and Nick Daicos spent time together in New York over the off-season, while the trio are often pictured together on their social media accounts.
They are also all in business together as part-owners of alcoholic drink Barry.
Smith and Nick Daicos in New York. Credit: InstagramSmith and the Daicos brothers are in business together. Credit: Supplied
Josh Daicos made no secret of his desire to lure Smith to the Pies when speaking to media on Tuesday night, but also hinted that it’s unlikely he’ll stay at the Bulldogs by saying “wherever he goes”.
“We’ve been trying (to recruit him) … I think as players it’s just natural to do that, obviously he is so skilful and such a gun player so wherever he goes, we’ll be trying our best to get him over to the Pies,” Josh said.
Smith last month told 7NEWS he wasn’t in the right headspace to think about his future as he came to grips with the devastating knee injury.
“Once I get training and stuff, that’s when we’ll properly put the mind to it,” he said.
“Right now I’m just going through the motions with the knee and just trying to get in a good headspace and a good space with the knee itself.”
Meanwhile, Josh is expected to miss a few more training sessions as he deals with a foot issue.
Last year’s best and fairest winner sat out last Saturday’s yo-yo test after limping off the track and will remain sidelined for another week or so.
“We have a fair idea of what it is. I’ve had it before, it’s just about getting on top of it this time of year … you don’t want any niggles leading into Round 1 or later in the year,” he said.
Collingwood will have their first pre-season hitout against North Melbourne at Arden St on February 21 before playing Richmond the following week in an official match.
They begin the AFL season on March 9 against the GWS Giants in the opening round.