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THE BRISBANE Lions are open to parting ways with contracted key forward Josh Schache if a suitable deal can be reached in the upcoming trade period.

However, if a fair deal cannot be reached, the No.2 selection from the 2015 NAB AFL Draft will remain at the club.

Schache ended months of speculation by putting pen to paper on a new deal in June that saw him commit to the club until the end of 2019.

However, the Victorian has battled homesickness and skipped the NEAFL Grand Final to return to his hometown of Seymour.

"We've had a mature conversation more than anything about Josh's desire to go home, and we had that conversation open and honestly when he re-signed that we thought there'd be a point in time where he would consider going home," Lions football manager David Noble said on Monday morning.

"We got on the front foot with Josh and his manager and had a conversation, and if things work out with both parties, we'd be interested [in trading him]."

Schache's manager David Trotter confirmed on Monday morning on SEN his client missed his "strong support network" in Victoria.

He claimed mental and physical exhaustion was behind Schache's decision to sit out the NEAFL decider, after a taxing year where he was particularly affected by homesickness.

However, Noble said there was a chance he would still remain a Lion if a trade couldn't be met.

"Who's to say that he's not [going to stay]," he said.

"We re-signed Josh on the basis that he's going to be there for the next couple of years.

"I checked with him after his holiday, knowing that being home would then perhaps [bring up] some different emotions for him.

"We've looked at it and if it fits for both, that's fine. If it doesn't, Josh will still be a required player for the next two years."

Schache's father Laurence lined up in 29 games for the Brisbane Bears.

The Lions are also hopeful of reaching a deal to secure contracted Adelaide forward Charlie Cameron, who has asked for a trade to their club.

Noble said the Lions wouldn't comment on the specifications of negotiations with the Crows, out of respect to the fact the Queenslander is contracted until the end of next year.

"We haven't spoken to Adelaide yet. We know through his manager and Charlie's informed Adelaide [he wants to leave], and we'll respect that, and we'll have those negotiations behind the scenes," he said.

"We're not going to discuss anything with Charlie Cameron – he's a contracted player."

Talks will begin on Monday at Etihad Stadium, where all 18 clubs have gathered for the first official day of trade period.

The Lions are also working to sign 305-game Hawthorn defender Luke Hodge, who has turned his back on retirement to continue his career with the Queensland club.

"That's an interesting one - we'll wait and see," Noble said.

"There are a few things that are in play with us. 

"Luke's been a wonderful player at Hawthorn ... so if we can do something with Hawthorn we'd love to.

"We're very honoured that Luke has selected our club, but we'll just have to wait and see as the trade period transpires."

Having already announced his intentions to retire, the Lions are likely to trade their last draft pick to secure the 33-year-old.

Hodge's manager Paul Connors is one of many agents in attendance at Etihad Stadium.

Noble denied the Lions had any interest in contracted Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Lobbe, who wants out of Alberton for more AFL opportunities after falling behind Paddy Ryder in the Power's pecking order.

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