BRISBANE Lions CEO Greg Swann concedes there's little chance emerging midfielder James Aish will remain at the club next year.
Aish is just a year and three games into his first AFL contract, after he was drafted by the Lions with pick No. 7 at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.
The 19-year-old averaged almost 18 possessions a game in his debut season and has been linked to Collingwood, Carlton, Melbourne as well as a return home to Adelaide.
Swann said Aish's silence in contract negotiations had been deafening.
"There's no real reason for him not to sign I don't think. He likes being in Brisbane, he likes the boys, he has been drafted with a group of players that have all committed," Swann told Triple M on Sunday.
"So you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. We're not overly confident at this stage.
"He hasn't told Liam (Pickering, manager) he wants to leave, but our view is if he doesn't want to leave then re-sign and let's get on with it.
"That's something we're trying to resolve and we'll hopefully get to that ... in the next month or so."