Schache up for trade, Ablett deal not close

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The No.2 draft pick told the club at the weekend he was open to a move home but also willing to stay at Brisbane if a deal could not be done.

The Lions decided the constant uncertainty over Schache would not go away if they tied him to his contract and have informed clubs they are willing to enter negotiations.

He is contracted until the end of 2019.

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Football manager David Noble said the club suspected when they recontracted Schache in June that there would come a time when the lure of home would become too strong.

“We got on the front foot with Josh and his manager and had a conversation, and if things work out with both parties, we’d be interested (in trading him),” he said.

Josh Schache is on the trade table. Picture: Getty

Josh Schache is on the trade table. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

There is expected to be some interest in Schache, with Carlton said to be heading the queue, however other clubs believe Suns captain Tom Lynch will leave the Coast next year and are prepared to wait twelve months to get their next key forward.

Richmond and St Kilda have reportedly ruled themselves out.

Brisbane are also looking to deal with Adelaide on speedster Charlie Cameron but at this stage do not wish to part with draft pick No.12.

The Lions expect to receive a pick at the end of the first round as compensation for restricted free agent Tom Rockliff and hope that can satisfy Adelaide.

They have ruled out making a play for Sydney’s out of favour Queenslander Kurt Tippet.

Gold Coast will be one of the busier clubs over the next fortnight when they try to cut deals on Gary Ablett, Adam Saad, Brandon Matera and Trent McKenzie.

They are also open to trading Aaron Hall and Jesse Lonergan.

Gary Ablett is expected to get back to Geelong.

Gary Ablett is expected to get back to Geelong.Source:AAP

Gold Coast is open to trading Aaron Hall. Picture: Michael Klein

Gold Coast is open to trading Aaron Hall. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Suns list manager Scott Clayton met on Monday met with Essendon who are the frontrunners to secure Saad after he last week nominated them as his club of choice.

“We spoke to Essendon and it was a good discussion, we’ll keep moving, nothing’s done yet,” he said.

“We’ll try and improve on it tomorrow … it’s not an insurmountable difference.’’

The negotiations over Ablett have yet to begin in earnest and some Suns insiders suspect Geelong are not united internally on their desire to bring the two-time premiership player home, given the Cats’ refusal to consider initial Suns’ proposals for their best player and reigning club champion.

Clayton remains hopeful a deal can be done but expects it could go down to the wire.

He confirmed they had not spoken to the Cats on Monday.

“It’s more likely (it will get done) … but there’s some work to do,’’ he said.

“It’s not realistic it will happen on day one.”

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