BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Daniel McStay of the Lions celebrates a goal during the round one AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba on March 23, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Collignwood assistant coach Justin Leppitsch has met with Magpies target and Brisbane free agent Daniel McStay ahead of a highly-anticipated contract call for the Lions forward.

McStay looms as one of the key players for this year's exchange period, having gained interest from several Victorian clubs as his current deal reaches its expiry.

The 27-year-old has held off discussions with the Lions in regards to a new deal, while Collingwood have emerged as front-runners for McStay's services.

Brisbane are understood to have tabled an increased offer to McStay in hope of retaining the spearhead, however, a reported five-year, $3 million deal from the Magpies is set to blow the Queensland club out of the water.

While McStay hasn't confirmed his fate, it's looking increasingly likely he may be donning black and white in 2022.

7 News' Mitch Cleary reported on Saturday night that McStay and his former senior coach Leppitsch met earlier this week, however, the latter remained coy in a recent interview with the network.

"We've talked about what we need as a forward club as in key forwards, key backs all those sorts of things," Leppitsch said.

"That part is all with Dan and his professional life, I'm more there for him as a person and a mentor

"There are only a handful of players of his quality in the competition that get that level of score involvement... him and (Marcus) Bontenpelli, there's only a few others in the comp that can do that."

According to News Corp, other keen Victorian clubs have been told not to bother with further advances for McStay, whose mind may already be made up.

The Vermont product isn't the only forward linked with a shift to the AIA Centre, with Collingwood understood to have renewed their interest in GWS small forward Bobby Hill.

Hill requested a trade south of the border last season before a move failed to transpire, and is expected to do the same this year as his contract draws to a close.

Collingwood will also be wary of external interest in midfielder Jordan De Goey, who could command close to $800,000 per season in his next deal.