Lin Jong at the Western Bulldogs' final training session at Whitten Oval before the AFL grand final.
Lin Jong at the Western Bulldogs' final training session at Whitten Oval before the AFL grand final. JULIAN SMITH

Lions consider trading their top pick in AFL draft

AFL: Brisbane Lions list manager Peter Schwab says the club is open to a number of deals after being handed a priority pick in the AFL draft.

Schwab told reporters at the NAB AFL Draft Combine yesterday the Lions had spoken to other clubs regarding trading pick two for either two top-10 choices or for a pick and a player.

"We haven't categorically said we'll keep pick two,” he said.

"We're open to looking at a deal to see what that may look like.

"Right at the moment, we've got pick two and we're very happy with it.

"We wouldn't give it away without (a deal) clearly benefiting us, and right at the moment there's not a deal that's benefiting us.”

The Lions currently hold picks No.2, 19, 21 and 29 in the AFL draft.

Schwab said it was not ideal to be given that help from the AFL but the club was now happy with how it had panned out.

"Ideally, no club wants to be in a position where it's asking for a priority pick, because it means we're not performing well,” he said.

"Let's hope it's the last time the Brisbane Lions are getting a priority pick,” he said.

"But having asked for one, we're very pleased that we received pick 19.”

Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year deal with the premiers.

Jong, 23, missed out on a premiership after breaking his collarbone in the elimination final win over West Coast.

He played 16 games for the Bulldogs this season but was seen being shown around the Collingwood facilities earlier in the season and had also been linked with a move to the Gold Coast Suns.

He ended that speculation by signing his new contract and told the club's website that everything he needed was at Whitten Oval.

"There are a number of factors I considered before signing and in the end it was quite obvious that the things I was looking for were right in front of me,” Jong said.

"I have the best chance of improving my football here, but also to play with this group of players, and under this group of coaches, is everything I could ask for.

"I'm just so proud to be a Western Bulldogs player and look forward to playing a part in its growth into the future.”



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