Rival AFL clubs are attempting to lure Bombers forward Jake Carlisle through the contentious drugs “get-out clause”, according to reports.
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As many as four clubs are attempting to lure Jake Carlisle away from Essendon under the drugs “get-out clause”, report the Herald Sun.
Essendon are waiting on a decision from ruckman Paddy Ryder about his future, and it is understood there are a number of clubs attempting to poach Bombers players under the breach-of-contract clause in players’ contracts.
The Brisbane Lions yesterday announced its interest in Ryder, who reportedly has concerns over the Bombers’ 2012 supplements program.
Lions football operations manager Dean Warren told the lions.com.au that the club had been in contact with Ryder’s management and that he believed Brisbane was he 26-year-old’s preferred destination.
“Paul Connors has spoken to us and has said Paddy Ryder isn’t completely happy at Essendon,” Warren said.
“Obviously Paddy’s contracted though and my understanding is Paddy and Essendon will sit down this week or next and work through his future at Essendon.
“Our understanding is if they can’t resolve some of the concerns they have that he may look to move, and our understanding is Brisbane may be his preferred club if that is the case.”
“We’d be silly not to explore it because he’s an exceptional player if indeed he was going to move.”
The Herald Sun report both Ryder and the club will Thursday or Friday, with the Bombers confident they can keep their man.