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)

Schache set to be dropped as Victorian side ramp up pursuit of Lions forward

Brisbane forward Josh Schache is set to be dropped by the Lions for Saturday’s clash with Adelaide, as the club believe the 19-year-old is struggling to handle the talk surrounding his future.

Richmond looks to be the club at the head of the queue for Schache, with Tigers General Manager of Football Talent Dan Richardson confirming to Fairfax Media they’ve contacted the young Lion’s management.

“We’ve met with [Schache’s manager]┬áDavid [Trotter]┬ábut we haven’t met with the player directly, nor do we think that’s appropriate at this time of year, but we are monitoring the situation as it unfolds,” Richardson said.

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“There is no offer on the table.”

Fairfax also understand senior officials have privately accepted the fact Schache will leave Brisbane at the end of the season, just two years after selecting the Victorian with the number two selection.

The key-forward is out of contract at the end of the season and has postponed negotiations with the Queensland club, as Carlton and Collingwood, along with Richmond, are still monitoring his contract situation.

Schache has played 23 AFL games for the Lions and has kicked 22 goals, and has failed to kick more than two goals in a game in his young career.

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