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Lions not into Treloar

Collingwood star Adam Treloar (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE Brisbane Lions have ruled out approaching Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar as they instead focus on landing Joe Daniher this AFL trade period.

Treloar has reportedly been told he’s unwanted at the Magpies, despite being contracted at the club until the end of the 2025 season.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast loom as obvious destinations for the 27-year-old if he is to leave Collingwood with his partner Kim Ravaillion to play Super Netball with the Queensland Firebirds next year.

But Lions football manager David Noble says they want to add tall forwards to their list and a priority is recruiting Daniher from Essendon.

“We’ve been pretty proactive in re-contracting a lot of our current players already, therefore our (salary) cap is probably manoeuvred around in other areas that wouldn’t allow us to do that,” Noble told AFL Trade Radio.

“For us, Adam wouldn’t be an option.”

Daniher is a restricted free agent but Noble is unsure if the Bombers will match the Lions’ deal for the 26-year-old, which would force a trade between the two clubs.

“We’re hopeful that we’re able to sort of lodge the paperwork and he goes through,” Noble said.

“As far as the capacity to match, that will be something Essendon will have to decide.”

The Lions are yet to guarantee veteran ruckman Stefan Martin a new contract as the club waits on list size numbers and a salary cap for 2021.

Martin, who turns 34 next month, played just eight games this year as he struggled with various injuries but has been a mainstay in the ruck for the last six years.

“He’s (Martin) helped us through some really tough periods and we would like to have more clarity both for ourselves and for Stef,” Noble said.

“We certainly see him as a player for us that we have some interest in but we just don’t know what it looks like for the list numbers.

“It’s pretty much tied up with where the damn list numbers are and the TPP (total player payments).”

Noble also confirmed veteran defender Grant Birchall will play on next year after staying injury-free until pulling a hamstring in the Lions’ preliminary final defeat to Geelong.

(C) AAP 2020