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Homesick Schache given pass to go home

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October 10, 2017

Seymour export Josh Schache is looking to leave Brisbane Lions and play for a Victorian team closer to family.

Seymour-bred Josh Schache is set to depart Brisbane after only two seasons.

The key forward and the Lions have agreed to part ways if a suitable deal can be reached for him during the trade period.

Schache re-signed with Brisbane during the year for a further two seasons, but the Lions are open to trading the homesick youngster.

Lions football manager David Noble told Fairfax Media the club offered Schache an early release if he wanted to come home and be closer to his family in Victoria.

‘‘I met with Josh and Trotts and asked if he felt settled, and offered the option of a return if an opportunity arose in the trade period,’’ Noble said.

Schache’s manager David Trotter said there was no angst from Schache’s end and it was purely a decision to be near his family.

But if there can’t be a suitable deal which will appease the Lions, then Trotter said Schache was happy to stay in Brisbane.

‘‘Josh has not walked out and neither is he being pushed out,’’ Trotter said.

‘‘We had a discussion and agreed if something can work out for both parties then we are open to it. If not, Josh is contracted and will return to Brisbane.

‘‘Josh re-signed earlier in the year because he wanted to do the right thing by Brisbane and to end the speculation around him because there was intense pressure on him at the time and he thought the best thing would be to give it another two years and try to work through it.’’

Schache might not be the only Goulburn Valley product on the move during the trade period, with Jarman Impey likely to go from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn.

Impey has been with the Power since being drafted from Murray Bushrangers in 2013 and has played 75 games, but the Shepparton product has nominated the Hawks as his club of choice.

Hawthorn list manager Graham Wright told Trade Radio yesterday the Hawks were confident of securing Impey.

‘‘We’re rapt that Jarman wants to come to us. I think they’re (Port) open to him exploring his options,’’ Wright said.

‘‘We chatted to the Power today and we don’t think there will be too many difficulties getting it done.’’

Benalla-raised Brisbane midfielder Tom Rockliff has nominated Port Adelaide as his club of choice, but the Lions have yet to confirm if they will match the Power’s offer for the restricted free agent.

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