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Richmond assistant coach and former Lions champion Justin Leppitsch could be in the frame to coach his former club

THE BRISBANE Lions coaching selection committee met in Melbourne on Friday to finalise recommendations for the club's vacant coaching position.

The meeting was held soon after the AFL announced that the club's board had been summoned to AFL House next Tuesday to engage in mediation with the group looking to throw them out.

The club has interviewed Neil Craig, Justin Leppitsch, Leigh Tudor, Adam Simpson and Simon Goodwin in the past fortnight for the vacant coaching position.

The recommended candidate is expected to front the Lions board next week as part of the process of finding a replacement for Michael Voss who was sacked as coach after round 20 during his fifth season at the helm.

A decision on the coach is expected within the next few weeks with a set-up involving the experienced Neil Craig, either as football director or senior coach, overseeing a less experienced assistant, being strongly considered.

Reports have speculated that Leppitsch is favoured to be part of the coaching mix but Sydney Swans' assistant Tudor is believed to remain under consideration. 

On the playing front Sam Docherty remains undecided about his future with the Lions keen to retain the No.12 pick from 2011.

19-year-old Docherty played 13 games in 2013 and has attracted interest from several clubs, with Carlton understood to be one of his suitors. 

Young ruckman Billy Longer was also in Melbourne this week to discuss his future with his management. He is attracting interest from several clubs with Hawthorn and Richmond expressing interest.

Negotiations continue in relation to swingman Brent Staker who was spotted visiting Carlton last Thursday.

Staker is 29 and could expect a two-year deal given his experience and ability to play forward or back.

The prospects of three-time premiership players Jonathan Brown and Simon Black remains uncertain with both players being given time to consider their futures.

Elliot Yeo has indicated he wants to return to Western Australia to play with the West Coast Eagles but the Lions said yesterday he remained a required player.

Jared Polec wants to go home to South Australia with both Port Adelaide and Adelaide interested while reports have linked Patrick Karnezis to Collingwood.