Lions prepared to fork out for Crows key forward
JOSH Jenkins may believe "money doesn’t buy happiness", but the Brisbane Lions certainly hope it can.
Jenkins says he’s putting any decision off until the end of the season, but his playing future would have crossed his mind while Adelaide had its bye weekend.
The big forward is at the centre of considerable tug-o-war between his Crows and the Lions.
While Adelaide is reportedly offering him 550,000 a season to stay as part of that imposing forwardline alongside Eddie Betts and Taylor Walker, the Lions are believed to have $750,000 a year in the kitty to get him north and become the spearhead for their own attack.
While former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes has described the Lions’ offer as "ridiculous", it’s going to take a considerable carrot.
Jenkins is apparently settled in Adelaide with his partner, and no doubt loyal to the Crows who had given him a lifeline when Essendon felt it didn’t need his services in 2012.
There’s also the matter of being part of team success - something the Crows are enjoying and the Lions are not.
That said, the Lions are desperate to attract the 27-year-old who is at the peak of his powers, having kicked 37 goals in 12 games this season to sit fourth on the Coleman Medal race.
A key forward has been a problem area for the Lions since Jonathan Brown’s retirement, with great hopes Michael Close, Jono Freeman and Dan McStay all battling injury and form issues.
The load has now fallen, unfairly, on the even younger shoulders of Josh Schache, who has 12 goals to sit behind only smalls Dayne Zorko (15) and Lewis Taylor (14) for most kicked.
Josh Walker was enticed from Geelong this year, and while he works hard and booted four goals in the loss to West Coast on Saturday, he has never been a consistent performer who can be relied upon to carry an attack.
Lion list manager Peter Schwab told SEN radio acknowledged over the weekend: "We’ve stuck to our guns and drafted talent ... tried to get it out of our academy, which I think we have".
"We have drafted for the future, but at some point we do have to trade or draft to secure some experience to hold us together in the short-term to get some success."
And success, and in turn happiness might just cost $750,000 a season for one player.
They will hope Jenkins sees it that way.