The Courier-Mail

He is a con­tracted player and we want him to stay. We will be work­ing very hard to ad­dress the is­sues he has raised

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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.

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