Stefan Martin’s superb form may result in a big-money deal for the ruckman.
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The excellent form of Brisbane Lions ruckman Stefan Martin could prove costly to the club as Lions management enter contract negotiations with the 27-year-old.
Martin has not only resuscitated his AFL career at Brisbane, but he has also grabbed the attention of rival clubs with his consistent performances.
The 198cm player is ranked number one for most disposals by a ruckman (20.2), and most clearances by a ruckman (4.5)
Injuries to Matthew Leuenberger and Trent West gave Martin his chance in the ruck role in Round 12 and he has since played an integral part in four of the Lions’ six wins this season.
Lions football manager Dean Warren told the Herald Sun that the club had begun negotiations with Martins’ management and admitted the ruckman’s form has been excellent of late.
“I had initial discussions with Stef’s manager, Paul Connors, last month and we have just started negotiations,’’ Lions football manager Dean Warren said.
“Obviously, at the start of the year we all thought Stef’s career was at the crossroads but his form in the last six or seven weeks has been very, very good.’
It will prove to be a balancing act for the Lions however, as a big-money deal could come at a huge risk considering Martin’s injury history.