He is a contracted player and we want him to stay. We will be working very hard to address the issues he has raised
LIONS CEO GREG SWANN ing things had improved since a heart-to-heart between the pair recently.
Lions CEO Greg Swann said now they had been made aware of Redden’s concerns, he had hope that the relationship could be improved and the club could convince the key midfielder to stay.
“He is a contracted player and we want him to stay,” Swann said.
“We will be working very hard to address the issues he has raised.’’
Leppitsch has the full support of football director Leigh Matthews and Swann.
But there are now genuine concerns that Redden’s decision to leave could spark a mass exodus.
Stefan Martin and Dayne Zorko have been mentioned as possible departures and there is talk others are considering their futures.
Leppitsch said just last week that Redden, Zorko and Martin would all be at the club next year.
The Lions are still reeling from the “Go Home Five” (Elliot Yeo, Sam Docherty, Billy Longer, Jared Polec and Patrick Karnezis), who walked out on the club at the end of the 2013 season.
A total of 12 players have left Brisbane either by trade or free agency over the past five years.
Veteran Jed Adcock has already been told he is not required next season and ruckman Matthew Leuenberger will also find a new home.
The club’s top pick from the 2014 draft, James Aish, is also set to leave.
Redden feels his football has plateaued in his two seasons under Leppitsch. The 24year-old debuted under Michael Voss in 2009 and went on to play in the Lions’ two finals that year.
Redden’s partner is close to the girlfriend of Port skipper Travis Boak and subtle approaches have been made through those channels.