An explosive interview by Jake Stringer's former fiancee last week has stalled the Bulldog's search for a new club, according to his manager Paul Connors.
In a News Corp story last week, Abby Gilmore detailed her rocky relationship with Stringer, with whom she has two children, and accused the 2016 premiership player of lying, gambling and being unfaithful to her.
Off-field issues were the main reason for the Dogs' shock announcement that they would be looking to trade Stringer, who is still under contract, in the coming weeks.
Stringer expected to nominate a new home by the end of last week, but Connors wasn't concerned by the delay.
"There's no rush, we've got time," Connors said. "I think you've got to allow the process to take place.
"He's just working through it as well. He's had a whirlwind few weeks, he's had a couple of weeks to think about this but he's got a few issues he's dealing with and he'll address that in due course.
"In time he'll make a decision on where he thinks is best for his football."
Connors admitted Stringer had not been enjoying the process of looking for a new club.
Essendon and Geelong appear to be the frontrunners for Stringer's signature, with the Bombers reportedly slightly ahead of the Cats. But Connors said that wasn't necessarily the case.
- THE AGE