Future teammates? ... Kurt Tippett and Daniel Merrett jostle for the ball at the Gabba. Photo: Getty Images
Ill-fated deals done three years ago have not put off Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss again looking to get busy during the AFL trade period. And it’s not just star Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett who Voss has in his sights.
Voss won’t need to be reminded of the club’s 2009 trade period efforts which led to Brendan Fevola’s 12-month cameo and the departure of upset duo Michael Rischitelli and Daniel Bradshaw.
Recruits Amon Buchanan and Xavier Clarke came and went while Brent Staker had his progress curbed by serious knee injuries. Only Andrew Raines and Matt Maguire emerged as Lions regulars from that trade period.
However, Voss is again on the lookout for players and hinted that there would be more than just Tippett on his wish list next month. Queensland-bred Tippett is also expected to be wooed by the Lions’ arch-rivals, the Gold Coast Suns.
‘‘For us it’s waiting and planning and looking at what we can do, and the development of our group,’’ Voss told the AFL website.
‘‘We are pretty committed in making sure we can improve our list in some specific areas and as a result we have to open our eyes to other avenues, not just from within.’’
The Lions were big improvers this year, grabbing 10 wins - six more than 2011. But Voss did not believe Tippett alone could guide the Lions to a rare finals campaign in the future.
‘‘He’s another piece...you’re not hanging your hat on one player,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s other options.
‘‘I think our midfield still has to develop and whether we look internally or externally for that (is the question).
‘‘We’ve got to look to promote within but if we feel like there’s a position to look at short-term wise, then we’ll look at it.’’