Melbourne and Brisbane have confirmed off-contract Lions tall Tom Fulllarton's intentions to leave Queensland in favour of a move to Demons.

Despite hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Fullarton is set to head south with a move to Victoria over the coming weeks following a season where he couldn't break into the Lions' senior side.

The 24-year-old would play 18 games at VFL level, but would be required to deal with being a leftover emergency at time this year on top of already limited minutes given his position on standby in Chris Fagan's plans.

The situation, coupled with Fullarton's expiring contract, has led the former basketball talent to seek a move elsewhere given the top line of tall stocks in Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood, Oscar McInerney and Jack Gunston at Brisbane.

"He's had a frustrating year, Tom," Brisbane list manager Dom Ambrogio said.

"I think it's a bit of a function of being at a non-Victorian club where you travel a lot, VFL travels a lot. He plays a lot of half games, a lot of times he's been held out of selection. When you're a really versatile tall that can play at both ends, that can happen.

"So we understand that he's had a frustrating year and he's indicated he wants to look around and we'll we'll look to facilitate that in the most sensible manner possible."

Melbourne's interest in the former Brisbane Bullets development player comes as ruckman Brodie Grundy prepares to head to Sydney after a frustrating year of his own in the red and blue.

The Demons are hoping to add ruck support to skipper Max Gawn while also building out their attacking options after Grundy's failed experimental move to work across all thirds of the field.

"Tom's management and Tom have expressed that he'd like to come to us," Melbourne list boss Tim Lamb said.

"[Ruck-forward] is where we see Tommy, he got stuck behind (others at Brisbane). They've got a good list Brisbane, they've got some quality talls.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Tom Fullarton of the Lions is tackled by Jeremy Cameron of the Cats during the round four AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium on April 08, 2022 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

"He just got stuck in the in the queue there. So we're hopefully bringing him in."

Melbourne are also hopeful of adding Adelaide forward Shane McAdam ahead of next Wednesday's trade deadline following the sharpshooter's request to become a Demon.

McAdam and Fullarton will be in contention with young targets and first-round draft selections Jacob van Rooyen and Matthew Jefferson.

Lamb said the club is confident in the emerging young talent coming through their ranks to help keep the Demons in premiership contention for the long haul.

"We're really excited about our forward line moving forward," he said.

"We're hopeful of Shane McAdam coming across from Adelaide, he's out of contract and has expressed a desire to move to us. So hopefully that can come through to add to our forward line.

"We think the growth of our young players will be really substantial. We saw the improvement of Judd McVee, Jacob van Rooyen and Trent Rivers. We debuted four players, we're really excited about our youth and we think that most of our growth will come from within."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Jacob van Rooyen of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2023 AFL Round 06 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The Demons have refuted the idea of a player being involved in a deal for McAdam, with the Crows potentially keen on Melbourne's crop of South Australian assets - which includes Harris Petty, Tom Sparrow and Kade Chander, all of which are under contract.

Melbourne hold picks 5, 13, 26, 34 and 40 for this year's draft and will likely add to their hand with the expected departure of Grundy.