Brisbane isn’t sure what Essendon plans are for Joe Daniher – and whether Stefan Martin will be on the list next season.
But the Lions are confident that Alex Witherden will stay at the club.
Brisbane Football Manager David Noble touched on several key topics this issue of Lions trade whispers!
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LIONS IN THE DARK OVER DONS ‘DANIHER PLAN
Brisbane remains in the dark as to whether Essendon plans to honor the offer for free agent Joe Daniher.
Daniher recently told the bombers that he would exercise his rights as a free agency and nominate the Lions as his football target of choice.
Noble said list manager Dom Ambrogio likely had already reached out to Essendon’s list chief Adrian Dodoro, but added that Lions would only deal with Daniher’s management at this stage of negotiations.
“We didn’t have that tip (Essendon wants to comply with Brisbane’s offer). We are confident that we will be able to submit the filing and it will go through, but I think as far as adaptability goes, Essendon has to decide, ”said Noble AFL Trade Radio.
“When the time comes, of course we have to (assess how the deal comes about). You’re going through all of these different connotations as you proceed, but we hope we can get the filing in and he comes to us right away in this free agency mechanism. ”
Noble said the Lions really wanted Daniher to work closely with Eric Hipwood and Dan McStay in the Forward 50, which would result in Oscar McInerney spending more time on the jerk.
“They all play a slightly different role,” he said
“Eric and Dan can lead the way. Eric got on his feet really well this year and got back to that front line. Joe is a bit more of this stay at home (forward), he can jump on the backpacks and wreak more havoc down there. He can also go in the jerk, so now we can think, “Can we go now with a jerk and an additional big one?”
“The number of heights on our side is unlikely to change. It might just be the makeup of what we’re doing, jerking and moving forward. ”
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR STEFAN MARTIN?
Should McInerney become the # 1 Ruckman, Stefan Martin’s place in Brisbane will remain pending – a scenario that is closer to reality due to the uncertainty about list sizes and salary caps for 2021.
After holding first-choice jerk coat for almost six seasons, Martin experienced a frustrating 2020 campaign in which he missed several games due to a back tension fracture. He also injured his knee in Round 1, but the end of the season gave him time to recover for Round 2.
But Martin’s absence allowed McInerney to develop into the lead ruckman. And when Martin came back, McInerney still didn’t spend as much time in 50 years as he had in previous seasons.
Martin, who will be 34 next month, is out of contract – and the Lions have yet to guarantee him a spot on the list for the next season.
“Like all of us, we are in a real change with the TPP and the list numbers – and Stef fits into these,” said Noble.
“He’s helped us through some really tough times and we want more clarity, both for ourselves and for Stef, to give him a better clue.
“He’s a player for us that we’re interested in. We just don’t know what the list numbers are like. Unfortunately, it’s not a great place to be from a club (perspective) with someone we value like Stef. ”
Noble said the Lions would be happy to keep Martin if the numbers allowed, but he had no say in whether other clubs had shown interest in the seasoned tall man.
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LIONS EXPECT TO STAY CLASSY BACKMAN
Noble said he believes rebounding defender Alex Witherden will stay at the club for the past several months despite ties to a deal outside of Brisbane.
After 44 games in 2018 and 2019, Witherden made just six games that year when he fell out of favor on the gaming committee. He didn’t appear in any of the last six Lions games when young defenseman Brandon Starcevich and recruits Grant Birchall and Callum Ah Chee became the mainstays of the last six.
Witherden is being transferred to Brisbane for two more seasons but has seen a move from the Lions in recent months.
“Alex is under contract. We had a good exit meeting with him last week. He understands the level of competition in this position, ”said Noble.
“We do not apologize for this internal competition. I think one of the big boosts that has made us succeed over the past few years is our development team and the way our NEAFL guys were able to perform at the next level and this heat and this Maintain pressure.
When asked if Witherden is 100 percent committed to the Lions, Noble said, “Yes, he loves it up here. He understands where that is.
“We only had our exit meetings last week – they’re pretty quick, they only last 10 or 15 minutes, so you don’t have a chance to go into a lot of the details – but we expect him to be here by this time. ”
LIONS HOPE OF SMOOTH TRADE COCKATOO
Noble also confirmed Brisbane’s interest in the hapless cat Nakia Cockatoo.
Cockatoo was selected with the 10th election in the national draft of 2014 and has failed to gain a uniform foothold. However, at just 23 years old, Lions could be offered a multi-year contract.
Herald Sun. Writer Jon Ralph reported last month that Cockatoo was “almost certain” to join Brisbane.
Noble on Tuesday downplayed the certainty but confirmed that Lions loved it.
“I don’t know Dom spoke a lot about Nakia with Geelong. We certainly have an interest in him and have reported this to his management. That’ll be happening in the next week or two, of course, ”said Noble.
“If he wants to come here, we have the opportunity to play a few different roles for us.”
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