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Lions grow more confident of retaining James Aish

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: James Aish of the Lions in action during the 2015 AFL round 16 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Once considered a certainty to request a trade, James Aish could now remain in Brisbane

BRISBANE Lions coach Justin Leppitsch is adamant James Aish is a "pretty good" chance to be at the club for 2016.

Despite reports throughout the season suggesting Aish was as good as gone, Leppitsch believes the out-of-contract 19-year-old is still yet to make up his mind.

"We'd like to think James is going to stay," Leppitsch told Channel Nine.

"He's away at the moment in Bali, having a good time and just relaxing. Hopefully the decision's pretty imminent. 

"We think it's (a) pretty good (chance he will stay).

"James all year has been undecided, I think it's been played out a lot in the press, I think he's pretty comfortable about staying at the Brisbane Lions."

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Leppitsch fired back at reports Aish had made his mind up midway through the season.

"I don't really think he's had a mindset all year, to be perfectly honest," he said. 

"I know other people have played out what's in James' head but he's been staunch all year that he wants to wait until the end of the year to make a decision.

"He's thinking about it now, that's the process and nothing's changed from our end."

Leppitsch revealed a number of senior Lions officials were still attempting to talk wantaway midfielder Jack Redden into staying at the club.

"(There's) a lot of people on that mission at the moment. Jack is deciding whether his best football is at the football club or whether it's somewhere else. We're having those conversations all the time with him."

Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge told Channel Nine that Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger, a free agent, was not on the club's radar for 2016.