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In-form ruckman may ask Lions to trade him

AFL 2015 Rd 12 - Western Bulldogs v Brisbane
Stefan Martin is weighing up whether or not to return home to Victoria

THE BRISBANE Lions’ exodus of star players could go to a new level this off-season, with ruckman Stefan Martin weighing up plans to return home to Victoria.

Regarded as one of the League’s best big men over the past 12 months, Martin could formally approach the Lions in coming weeks with his intentions for a trade due to personal reasons.

Clubs including Western Bulldogs and Essendon are aware of his personal situation as reported on Channel Nine on Thursday night. 

Martin’s potential departure could change the situation around free agent and the Lions’ second ruckman, Matthew Leuenberger, who has put off talks until the end of the year.

Martin remains contracted until the end of 2016.

Expected to also trade midfielder James Aish, the Lions have lost dual best and fairest Joel Patfull and key youngsters Jared Polec, Elliot Yeo, Billy Longer, Sam Docherty and Patrick Karnezis in the past two years.

Meanwhile, the future of Carlton speedster Chris Yarran remains uncertain, having met with senior Richmond officials recently.

Despite being contracted next season, Yarran remains out of favour at Carlton and will line up for a second consecutive week in the VFL on Sunday.

Bracing to lose the race for Greater Western Sydney’s Adam Treloar, the Tigers have sounded out Yarran as they look to top up their midfield talent.