The Lions have confirmed their interest in the unhappy Bombers ruckman.
The Brisbane Lions have confirmed they are speaking to Paddy Ryder’s management and are believed to be favourites to land the Essendon ruckman.
Lions football operations manager Dean Warren told lions.com.au the club have spoken to Ryder’s manager Paul Connors, who told the them he was interested in heading to Brisbane.
Ryder has two years remaining on his contract, but Warren said the Lions would happily welcome the 26-year-old to the club if he wanted to move.
“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.”