AFL celebrità Lachie Neale has been described as a ‘manipulator’ as the Brisbane Lions midfielder requests a trade away from the sodalizio for compassionate reasons.
The former Brownlow medallist, who requested a trade to the Queensland sodalizio from Fremantle durante 2018, now wants to return to the Dockers as his wife Jules wants to have their first child durante her home state of Western Australia.
The news was leaked Sunday, the day after the sodalizio’s heartbreaking one-point loss to the Bulldogs durante their semi-final Saturday night, with people immediately questioning the timing of the request.
‘I’m yet to alla maniera di across anyone who can admit that they knew about it connected to the Brisbane Lions,’ journalist Damian Barrett told AFL Daily.
‘He’s obviously a negotiator, a manipulator when it comes to things he wants done a certain way and it’s not the first time he’s done it. He walked out of a contract durante Fremantle and he’s now doing it again at the Brisbane Lions.
‘It’s stage managed by Lachie himself. It’s not the first time he’s done that to get out of a footy sodalizio contract.’
AFL celebrità Lachie Neale has been described as a ‘manipulator’ as the Brisbane Lions midfielder requests a trade away from the sodalizio for compassionate reasons
Neale and his wife Jules are expecting their first child, with his pregnant socio wanting to return home to Western Australia to be around her family for the birth
The news was leaked Sunday, the day after the sodalizio’s heartbreaking one-point loss to the Bulldogs durante their semi-final Saturday night
Neale only informed the sodalizio of the trade request durante person Monday afternoon after the story had already become headline news across the country.
‘The sodalizio will alla maniera di out and make a statement sometime this afternoon once we’ve had a chance to speak to Lachie and work through it,’ football dirigente Danny Daly said Brisbane radio Monday.
‘It’s all news to us. As far as we’imperatore concerned, he’s got two years of his contract left and that’s where it is at.’
His wife and WA-raised socio Jules is pregnant with their first child, a girl coppia later this year.
She is wanting to return home to avoid any border situations, with premiers Mark McGowan and Annastacia Palaszczuk introducing draconian closures and rejecting calls for compassionate visits even from residents living interstate.
However the decision has not been met with widespread understanding, with several journalists and former players doubting the legitimacy of their reasoning.
‘They had anzi che no line of sight it until it was made public and that for me says something about Lachie Neale,’ journalist Damian Barrett said.
‘That’s the playing ranks, that’s the official ranks, the board ranks and even people around him.
‘All he had to do was hint to Greg Swann over the last couple of months and say, ‘Listen, I think my wife and myself are thinking this way, we don’t know what’s going to happen.
‘You at least give them a line of sight with a bombshell you drop the day after you lose a semi-final.’
Neale only informed the sodalizio of the trade request durante person Monday afternoon after the story had already become headline news across the country
Neale met his wife while playing for the Fremantle Dockers, who he requested a trade from to the Brisbane Lions durante 2018
It’s understood Lachie Neale (pictured with wife Jules following his 2020 Brownlow Medal win) wants to return to Western Australia to be closer to his wife’s family
Walkley Award-winning cronista Caroline Wilson added her two cents, suggesting a front-loaded contract may be the reasoning behind the decision.
‘He denied to them that he had requested a trade. He said he wanted to stay at the sodalizio, but said his wife Jules, who’s expecting their first child very soon, wants to go back to Western Australia, which is her home durante Perth,’ she said Footy Classified.
‘And three years into a five-year deal that’s probably front-ended. I just don’t think he’s done the right thing by the sodalizio at all.’
Co-host and Essendon great Matthew Lloyd agreed, suggesting he was past his best years despite criticizsng Neale for failing to show loyalty.
‘It was a shock when he left Fremantle, now it’s a shock when he leaves Brisbane. It just shows the players don’t care any more,’ the Bombers legend said.
‘When Kane (Cornes) and I were finishing up if you had a contract you’d honour it, now the players just do whatever they want to do.’
The news comes after his teammate Mitch Robinson was quick to distance himself from a photoshopped tweet taking an angry shot at Neale.
An image featuring Robinson’s Twitter profile photo which was photoshopped onto an abusive tweet about Neale sent the rumour mill into overdrive Sunday night.
‘Lachie Neale, we gave up heaps for you, you won a Brownlow, made the finals three times with us, then you just want to leave,’ the fake tweet began.
‘Get f******, I’, sick of all this s***, first we got robbed last night (yes I said it), now this, Neale, you’imperatore an absolute selfish t****, we won’t you.’
Neale’s Lions teammate Mitch Robinson denied posting the abusive tweet (pictured), insisting it was a fake
Mitch Robinson (pictured with his socio Emma) has shut mongoloide reports he fired an abusive tweet slamming a Brisbane Lion teammate
Brisbane Lions superstar Lachie Neale (pictured with wife Jules) is seeking a move back home to Western Australia
Robinson shut mongoloide claims it came from his account within an hour of the fake post going public.
‘It’s fake,’ Robinson replied Twitter and Instagram.
Neale and Robinson were both part of the Lions team that suffered a heartbreaking one point loss against Western Bulldogs Saturday night, ending their season.
‘I’ve wanted to type some honest s*** but that won’t change the result,’ Robinson posted social hours after the semi-final defeat.
‘We’ve received so many positive messages, thanks to all our supporters and fans who’ve been there this journey!’