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Lions prepared to lose one senior player

By Darren Cartwright 05/10/2010 03:03:37 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss concedes either talented swingman Jared Brennan or opportunist Justin Sherman will be on the move during trade week but he's not prepared to lose both.

Brennan and Sherman are on rival clubs hit lists and there is an upside for the Lions who will get salary cap relief by at least one of their departures.

Carlton and the Suns are circling for the uncontracted Brennan, who has announced his desire to be traded, while Sherman, who has a year remaining on his contract, has been linked to the Western Bulldogs and Richmond.

"Jared Brennan's been talked about so, whether he wants to move we will try and do a deal," Voss told AAP.

"To be able to move any trade it has to be realistic to the team he goes to and realistic to what we end up losing.

"He's (Sherman) a required player, very much a required player but from there it's what unfolds.

"Its more one, realistically we are conceding the fact we have lost one, but to lose both would be a stretch for us."

The Lions came under fire for heavily trading draft picks last year in return for Brendan Fevola, Xavier Clarke, Brent Staker, Matt Maguire, Andrew Raines and Amon Buchanan none of which had a great impact in 2010.

With the Suns having nine of the first 15 selections in this year's National Draft, it will be slim pickings for the rest of the competition unless they can somehow trade their way into the first round.

Voss said losing Michael Rischitelli to the Suns provided them with an additional high draft selection but they needed a similarly high pick in exchange for either Brennan (119 matches) or the 23-year-old Sherman (114) for a trade to eventuate.

"We come into the trade with open ears but at the same time we are only dipping our toe in the water rather than sticking our foot in there," Voss said.

"Everyone understands the lay of the land, unless you can improve positions or add positions its hard to think you are going to rebuild anything.

"Our main priority is making sure we spend time on the players we've got and keep them on the park."

Gold Coast's recruiting drive is far from over with their 2011 playing list to be further shaped by this week's player trades.

They not only possess nine of the first 15 National Draft picks but can trade any 17 year-old selection or any 2009 rookie selection who hasn't accepted a contract with them.

Under the generous concession rules, the Suns can also trade any previously listed AFL player they choose to access and can trade anyone who has previously nominated for the draft.

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