Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan has provided an update into the Lions’ pursuit of Fremantle star Lachie Neale.
Speaking on SEN, Fagan said list manager Dom Abrogio and Head of Football David Noble are striving to land Neale to help compliment their young talent.
“You’re hopeful that the players that you’re talking to will give your club the nod, and then you hope the deal can get done,” Fagan said.
“There’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge, clubs will always try hard to keep their good players, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed, keep working hard and hopefully some dominoes tip our way.
“There’s always on-going discussions with managers and players that go on, every now and then they pull the coach in for a chat, but I don’t expect that to happen between now and the end of the trade period.
“You’re always trying to make a case to get that player over the line.
“For a club in our situation, we’re always looking to add A-grade talent that can help our young players improve relatively quickly, and we aren’t on our own in that.
“We’ll just keep our fingers crossed that things work our way and we’ll be able to land some of those players that we have been talking to.”
Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich says he is confident Neale will stay at the Dockers and extend his contract, which runs out at the end of next season.