Lions put unsettled young forward on trade table

Josh Schache could be heading home to Victoria.
Josh Schache could be heading home to Victoria. JULIAN SMITH

BRISBANE will acquiesce to Josh Schache and trade him back home to Victoria if the right deal can be brokered, says his manager David Trotter.

The No. 2 draft pick has battled homesickness since arriving at the club at the end of 2016.

And despite signing a new two-year deal as recently as June, the forward has made it known to the Lions that his preference would be to return home to Victoria.

"(Brisbane) floated the idea that something could be done if Josh wanted to come home if his preference was that," Trotter told SEN.

"We understand it's going to be a busy 10 or so days. Something has to get done and if it doesn't he'll head back up to Brisbane."


As reported by last month, Schache's teammates believed the homesick forward would be playing elsewhere in 2018, after he packed up the majority of his belongings in Brisbane and returned home to Seymour.

It's not the first time Brisbane has been affected by the 'go home' factor, with Elliot Yeo (West Coast), Sam Docherty (Carlton) and Billy Longer (St Kilda) among others unwilling to stay in Queensland.

Trotter said Schache's desire to be surrounded by his "support network" had outgrown his desire to play for the club he was drafted to.

"Josh said midyear that it was something that he wanted to give a red hot crack," Trotter said.

"He has really struggled with being away from that support network that he's got.

"He's battled with some issues mainly over this year and a little bit last year. Ideally, he'd like to play football in Melbourne if something could be done."

Trotter said Brisbane was keen to broker a deal for Schache, and would be open to receiving a player, pick or combination of both for the 20-year-old.

Earlier in the year, the then out-of-contract Schache was linked to Richmond and Carlton.

But Trotter rebuked a deal had already been procured behind the scenes.

"It's not the case where a deal has been organised in the background," Trotter said.

"This has just been a very honest conversation with Brisbane and now it's up to clubs to come forward if they're interested in Josh."

Trotter said Schache hadn't indicated any preference as to which club he'd like to be traded to, with his overriding desire purely to be closer to family and friends.

"His main priority it just getting back home," Trotter said.

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