The Brisbane Lions do not know anything about Lachie Neale’s reported desire to be traded, according to football manager Danny Daly.
- Seven News in Perth reported former Fremantle star Lachie Neale wanted to return to WA
- Daly said “it’s all news to us” and he expected Neale to see out the last two years of his contract
- A fake tweet purported to show teammate Mitch Robinson abusing Neale for trying to leave
Just hours after the Lions’ season ended at the hands of the Bulldogs in the second week of the finals, reports emerged that Neale was going to request a trade.
Neale’s wife Julie is currently pregnant and Channel Seven reported the pair were keen to move back to Western Australia to raise their daughter.
According to Seven, Neale wants to return to the Fremantle Dockers, where he played the first seven years of his AFL career before switching to Brisbane after the 2018 season.
But Daly said the Lions were still expecting the 2020 Brownlow medallist to play out the last two years of his lucrative five-year contract.
“I can’t make any comments because I haven’t spoken to Lachie,” Daly told Radio TAB.
“I think the club will come out and make a statement some time this afternoon once we’ve had a chance to speak to Lachie and work through it.
The report prompted someone to mock up a fake tweet from fellow Lions star Mitch Robinson abusing Neale, which was then widely circulated.
“It’s fake,” Robinson told his followers on Sunday night.
A Perth local said on Twitter that he found the fake tweet on an AFL trades and rumours group on chatroom site Discord, and apologised to Robinson for spreading it further.