PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

High wage demands likely to see Taylor leave Lions

Brisbane youngster Lewis Taylor is likely to leave the Lions at season’s end, with the club and player unable to agree to terms on a new contract, according to the Herald Sun.

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The Herald Sun has reported that Taylor, the 2014 rising star winner, is demanding $500,000 per year from the Lions in his new contract.

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old, who is out of contract at season’s end, has played 57 games since making his debut in Round 1, 2014.

His wage demands appear incredibly high given his age and form.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Lewis Taylor of the Brisbane Lions poses after winning the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star Award at Crown Palladium on September 3, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 03: Lewis Taylor of the Brisbane Lions poses after winning the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star Award at Crown Palladium on September 3, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

He has averaged just 16.2 disposals so far this season in 13 games, a significant drop from his average of 21 disposals last season. He is averaging 4.5 contested possessions and 1.2 goals per game.

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    • correct merrick, if you want to leave a club but not look bad just up your price. he like rockliff want to leave because they’re a bottom team every year

  1. Good luck to him if he gets it but I certainly wouldn’t pay that.
    Some of these bloke’s must think there indispensable.
    Get more young bloke’s who are willing to do what it takes to be successful.
    Time to get some clubmen around the place who have the loyalty to be one club players.

    • But at the same time if we decided to pay all the go home 500k none of them might’ve left either.
      Rocky probably isn’t work 800k but as the captain and leader he might be, but I don’t think he should ask for that much and lead by example and take less money so we can get better players in from different clubs

  2. Why would they?? He’s mid range player at best…
    Still dirty the AFL for giving him the rising star ahead of Bont… Bont was favored in a landslide by all the players votes for first year player. AFL clearly manufactured that one.

  3. What has our club come to Lewis Taylor Rising Star then nothing . . . .go play where you’ll be bottom quarter on the list. Same with all you leaches paying over the odds and chasing mercenaries will destroy any culture that this club built out of FFC days and TRIPLE PREMIER years. Build from the ground up. How sad for those Who have come before this mob (not all current players) who r holding the club to ransom. Look away Wilson, Irwin, Pert, Murphy, Brown, Black, Power etc etc

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