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Brisbane responds to Lachie Neale trade report


The Brisbane Lions have confirmed Lachie Neale is weighing up his options in response to reports the Brownlow Medallist will request a trade to Fremantle.

CEO Greg Swann, football boss Danny Daly and coach Chris Fagan sat down with Neale on Monday afternoon and were made aware he was considering returning to Western Australia, a statement from the club has confirmed.

Neale did not formally request a trade, but has asked for time to have further discussions with his wife Jules on the subject with the couple pregnant and rumoured to want to raise a family in Perth.

The Brisbane superstar has two years to run on his contract, meaning any potential move will involve a trade.

The Lions statement is as follows:

The Brisbane Lions have today met with midfielder Lachie Neale.

Lions CEO Greg Swann, GM of Football Danny Daly and Senior Coach Chris Fagan sat down with the Brownlow medallist following reports he was seeking to return to Western Australia.

Neale and his wife Jules are expecting their first child and he has confirmed the couple are weighing up where they would like to raise their family.

He did not request a trade but has asked for some time to have further discussions with his wife and family.

The Lions will not make any further comment at this stage and we request that Lachie and Jules’ privacy be respected.

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