AFL Rd 7 - GWS v Brisbane
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Lions head coach Chris Fagan speaks to players at quarter time during the round 7 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Brisbane Lions at GIANTS Stadium on July 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The Brisbane Lions are set to open their “war chest” and be big players in this year’s trade period.

The cashed-up club is looking to “stockpile” forwards, according to senior reporter Tom Morris.

The Lions are currently one of the premiership favourites and yet remain in a strong position to strengthen their playing list.

Asked which club is best placed with the salary cap, Morris told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight on Wednesday: “I think it’s the Brisbane Lions.

“I’ve been told by multiple sources the Lions have, what you would genuinely classify as, a ‘war chest’. They’ve got money to spend.

“They’ve re-signed, as far as I can see, 37 players to their list, so they’ve got a stable list.”

The Lions are in second place on the ladder and look well balanced across the field. Although many are questioning their key forward stocks, with concerns over how damaging Eric Hipwood and Dan Mcstay can be in the finals.

“You’ve got to ask yourself at the Brisbane Lions, do they want Ben Brown, who’s out of contract? Do they want Tom Hawkins, who’s out of contract? Are they willing to have a crack at Jeremy Cameron, who’s a restricted free agent?” Morris asked.

“The Brisbane Lions have had a really deliberate and delicate list build under Dom Abrogio, who’s their list manager.

“I expect them to be active players in the trade period and have the money to spend to do it.”

Small forward Charlie Cameron leads the club’s goalkicking with 13 majors.