Brisbane and Schache mutually agreeing to part ways.
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“Brisbane Lions and young forward Josh Schache have agreed to seek a trade deal to return the homesick player to Victoria.
The Lions met with Schache late last week and, sensing he was still homesick despite having signed a new two year contract mid-year, raised the possibility of a trade. The player agreed he’d prefer to move if it could be worked out.
Football manager David Noble met with the 20-year-old former number two draft pick and his manager Dave Trotter last week after Schache returned from a family holiday.
Noble said the club was mindful that in Schache’s case the discussion of his future would continue among Victorian clubs over the next two years, and so they made the offer to trade knowing he was still battling homesickness after a difficult year in Brisbane.
The Lions allowed Schache to travel home to country Victoria early at the end of the season. After returning, the young key forward realised how much he missed his family network. That feeling was reinforced on his recent family holiday.
“I met with Josh and Trotts and asked if he felt settled, and offered the option of a return if an opportunity arose in the trade period”, Noble said.
Trotter said it was a mutually agreed decision and not pushed by either party. He said Schache was prepared to remain in Brisbane if a deal couldn’t be done. Schache has not nominated a preferred destination club.”