Oates has long made clear his wish to become a forward, and Fairfax Media understand the Dogs are keen to bring him to the kennel to play him in the back row.
Fairfax are also reporting North Queensland are interested in the Origin winger.
With Brisbane’s back row prospects some of the best Wayne Bennett has ever seen according to the legendary coach himself, Oates’ chances of cracking into the forward pack seem limited in Red Hill.
The Bulldogs have sounded out Oates and his management, although it is believed the 23-year-old won’t make a decision on his future until at least August, with the winger set to part ways with his current management.
However, as it stands the Cowboys are seen as leading the race for Oates, although the Bulldogs certainly won’t die wondering.