Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich believes star midfielder Lachie Neale will remain a Docker after refuting links to the Lions.
Neale’s future has recently become uncertain amid reports that the 25-year old requested a trade to Brisbane during his exit meeting, which was said to leave coach Ross Lyon fuming.
Adding to the speculation, Neale recently took a trip to Queensland and reportedly met with Lions coach Chris Fagan.
“The gentleman you doorstopped at the airport, Lachie Neale [and his partner] were probably just having a romantic trip to Queensland,” Rosich told Perth’s Mix 94.5 radio station.
“We’re very comfortable where it sits, Lachie’s a fine young man, 25 years of age, been a terrific player for us and got a lot of good footy ahead of him.
“He’s contracted to us for 2019 and we’ll remain positive he’ll be contracted to us beyond 2019.”
Asked whether Neale had requested a trade and if he and Lyon had an argument at the silky onballer’s exit meeting, Rosich replied: “There’s a lot of mistruths at this time of year.
“Categorically no to both questions, and in fact to the second one, our leaders didn’t even have exit meetings with the coaches,” he said.
“So [it’s] a time of year when there’s plenty of mistruths and unfortunately that’s the case.”