BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Josh Schache of the Lions celebrates kicking a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Brisbane Lions and the GWS Giants at The Gabba on July 17, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Media)

Lions youngster will not play again in 2016

Brisbane has ruled youngster Josh Schache out for the remainder of the season.

The Lions have opted to rest the key forward for the remaining three games of the season.

“We’ve put a lot of weight and load through him this year and it’s a bit unfair on the youngest player in the comp,” coach Justin Leppitsch said

“We’ve asked a lot of our group this year, particularly our younger brigade, and I know the results haven’t been great, but they’ve had to endure more than most.

“He’s been terrific this year for the group and he’s given our supporters some hope.”

Schache has kicked 16 goals in 17 games this season since being selected with pick No.2 in last year’s National Draft.