Josh Schache is staying put. The young Seymour-bred forward ended months of speculation about his future last week by inking a new two-year deal to stay at Brisbane.
Schache was granted two weeks leave from the AFL club recently, fuelling rumours he was set to walk out on the club his late father Laurence played 29 games for.
However, the Lions announced Schache, 19, would remain at the club until at least the end of 2019.
‘‘Having been at the Lions for a couple of years and seeing where we are headed, I’m really excited about our future,’’ Schache said.
‘‘I enjoy living in Brisbane and playing footy with a committed and hard-working group.’’
Brisbane general manager of football David Noble said he was looking forward to Schache enjoying a long and productive career at the Lions.
‘‘We’re extremely pleased to retain a player of Josh’s talent — at only 19 he has shown his ability to play at AFL level and his future is exciting,’’ Noble said.
‘‘We were always confident Josh would stay, as he has a part to play in our future as we continue to grow united as a club.
‘‘We want to become relevant again and the fact that Josh and a number of our emerging players have already re-signed shows they are buying into our club and want to be part of our future.’’
Schache was the second pick in the 2015 draft after starring as a junior for Murray Bushrangers and with Victoria Country in the under-18 national championships.
He had an encouraging debut season last year, kicking 16 goals in 17 games as the Lions won just three games and Justin Leppitsch was sacked as coach.
Schache has struggled with form this season as his contract situation played out publicly and he has played for the Lions’ reserves in the NEAFL.