PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

High wage demands likely to see Taylor leave Lions

Brisbane youngster Lewis Taylor is likely to leave the Lions at season’s end, with the club and player unable to agree to terms on a new contract, according to the Herald Sun.

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The Herald Sun has reported that Taylor, the 2014 rising star winner, is demanding $500,000 per year from the Lions in his new contract.

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – MARCH 27: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles tackles Lewis Taylor of the Lions during the AFL round one match between the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Lions at Domain Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old, who is out of contract at season’s end, has played 57 games since making his debut in Round 1, 2014.

His wage demands appear incredibly high given his age and form.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Lewis Taylor of the Brisbane Lions poses after winning the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star Award at Crown Palladium on September 3, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 03: Lewis Taylor of the Brisbane Lions poses after winning the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star Award at Crown Palladium on September 3, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

He has averaged just 16.2 disposals so far this season in 13 games, a significant drop from his average of 21 disposals last season. He is averaging 4.5 contested possessions and 1.2 goals per game.

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