The AFL has handed struggling Brisbane a lifeline in the form of a priority pick in this year’s draft after another dismal season.
The Lions will receive a selection immediately after the first round – currently pick No.19 – under the league’s special assistance rules.
AFL football operations manager Mark Evans and general counsel Andrew Dillon recommended the Lions should receive the priority selection after finishing 17th last season, their third-straight finish in the bottom four.
It means the Lions will go into Monday’s trade period with picks 2, 19, 20 and 28 at their disposal, in addition to later selections.
Brisbane chief Greg Swann on Thursday said the Lions would be willing to put the No.2 pick on the table for the right deal.
The Lions are looking to rebuild their lacklustre list following a season which has culminated in the sacking of coach Justin Leppitsch, who has been replaced by former Hawthorn football boss Chris Fagan.
“It’s definitely on the table and, if it helps get us something we think is going to make us better, then we’ll look to do that,” Swann told SEN radio.
“Our preference is we want to go to the draft and keep building from underneath. That’s the thing for us. We think the last couple of years, we’ve brought in some really good young talented players.
“We still need some experienced players to make us competitive … and there might be one or two others that we’ll have a look as the trade period unfolds.”
Essendon hold the No.1 pick in this year’s draft but have signalled they won’t trade the selection.
Brisbane, who have also appointed a new football boss in David Noble, have declared they are willing to deal senior players in exchange for first-round draft picks.
Captain Tom Rockliff has declared he wants to stay put and looks unlikely to be moved despite speculation about his future.
Midfielder Pearce Hanley has met Gold Coast and will be traded if an appropriate deal can be struck, Swann said.
“We’ve had two pretty poor years and so you’ve got to make changes to your list,” he said.
“I think that’s just a given. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be all of the experienced players but we have to get better.”
Collingwood backman Jack Frost on Wednesday nominated the Lions as his new home after falling out of favour with the Magpies.