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Docker Lachie Neale 'Should Be Peter Bell's First Mission'

The futures of Fremantle Docker Lachie Neale and West Coast Eagle Scott Lycett are still up in the air as the start of AFL trade talks kicked off on Monday.

West Coast star Gaff ended months of indecision on Sunday when the Eagles confirmed he had committed to remaining with the 2018 premiers.

While thrilled with that scenario, Gaff staying will affect West Coast's ability to land Geelong's Tim Kelly or GWS ruckman Rory Lobb, who want to return to WA.

On the other side of the equation, the jilted Roos are left once again with a stacked war chest and nowhere to spend it.

It’s expected that Gaff's decision to spurn North’s big-dollar free agency offer will have a ripple effect through the AFL trade period.

Brisbane have opened discussions with Fremantle about an AFL trade for star midfielder Lachie Neale, but the Dockers remain determined to keep him.

Paul & Lise floated the idea of a ‘public appeal for Lachie Neale’ on Monday.

“Are you imagining placards; a children’s choir?’ Paul asked Lise.

“I’m imagining every musical act we can get our hands on, Like Eskimo Joe,” Lise replied.

Paul said that keeping Neale was Peter Bell’s first mission at the club.

The Dockers, who have signed Richmond free agent Reece Conca, loom as key players in the trade period.

They are determined to hang onto Lachie Neale, despite his desire to play for Brisbane, and keen to lure Melbourne's Jesse Hogan, toured Fremantle's facilities last week but is yet to tell the Demons whether he wants to return to WA.

The Dees have stated their intention to make a play for Gold Coast co-captain Steven May should Hogan decide to request a trade and Fremantle come up with a deal that satisfies them.

West Coast also said on Monday that they might match Port Adelaide's offer for restricted free agent Scott Lycett.

The Eagles have until 1pm on Tuesday to make that decision.

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- with AAP

 

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