Leuey a big trade target

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 25 April 2013 | 12.50

Charlie Dixon of the Suns takes on Matthew Leuenberger of the Lions. Picture: Darren England Source: The Courier-Mail

BRISBANE Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger is on course to become one of the AFL's most wanted players at season's end.

The athletic big man is out of contract at the end of the year and is looming large for new club Greater Western Sydney.

While the Giants' remain genuinely interested in Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin, Leuenberger, 24, has emerged as an ideal back-up recruiting target.

GWS has made no secret of its desire to add an established blue-chip ruckman, and potentially some key defensive reinforcement, to help bolster its glittering young midfield.

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The club's list management chiefs, Graeme Allan and Stephen Silvagni, have been lauded for the Giants' start-up recruiting, but are yet to finalise their key trade options for October's exchange period.

Should Franklin, 26, accept a big-money bid from the Giants, Leuenberger could also come into the Hawks' contingency plans as a mobile ruck-key forward.

The Lions remain confident Leuenberger, a No. 4 draft pick, will remain in Queensland, having recovered a debilitating achilles injury.

But it is likely the Perth-raised big man will wait to finalise his contract later in the season, after only three games last year.

If the 204cm ruckman's recovery continues without setback, Leuenberger's value is expected to soar.

The Lions' direction will also be a factor for the 72-gamer, with coach Michael Voss again under pressure after a sloppy start to the season.

West Coast's Mitch Brown is also expected to lob on the Giants' radar.

Brown, a versatile key position player, has put off contract negotiations with the Eagles until the end of the season, after failing to secure a trade to St Kilda last year. The Saints are expected to continue to pursue Brown.

Gold Coast's Daniel Gorringe could also be on the move next season.

Gorringe, who is third in line in the Suns' ruck stocks behind Zac Smith and Charlie Dixon, has been trialled as a centre half back this year.

Out of contract at the end of the year, it is believed Gorringe, from South Australia, is being keenly pursued by Adelaide and Port Adelaide.

North Melbourne's Daniel Currie's deal also expires at the end of the season.

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