AFL: Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan has nothing but praise for Lachie Neale

Marco MonteverdeNCA NewsWire
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Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan is fully understanding of Lachie Neale having contemplated a return to Perth for family reasons.

Neale, last year’s Brownlow medallist, left Fremantle at the end of the 2018 to join the Lions.

But despite having two more years to run on his Brisbane contract, Neale had been weighing up a return to Western Australia, and the Dockers, to ensure greater extended family support for him and his wife Jules, who is expecting the couple’s first child next month.

However, Neale announced on Thursday he was recommitting to the Lions.

Fagan had nothing but praise for Neale in considering what was best for his family, particularly in Covid-19 times that restrict travel between states.

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Camera IconLachie Neale listens to Lions coach Chris Fagan. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

“He’s just a young man who was just trying to do the right thing by his wife and his family – it was as simple as that,” Fagan said.

“With all the Covid stuff and the situation they found themselves in, particularly Jules being a long way away from home, I think it was right and fair for him to ask himself that question.

“Fortunately, they’ve been able to see a way to stay here and he’s going to continue his career as a Brisbane Lion.

“I’m in no way critical of the fact he gave that serious thought because so he should, and I would have if I had been in the same position.”

Originally published as AFL: Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan has nothing but praise for Lachie Neale

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