Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan says it is not right that young players like Josh Schache are forced to make decisions over their future so early in their career.

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Teenager Schache has been dropped for Saturday night's clash against Adelaide and Fagan admitted speculation over where he might play next year has probably contributed to a drop in form.

AFL clubs currently sign draftees to two-year contracts but Fagan wants a mandatory increase to either three or four years, except when extenuating circumstances arise, to alleviate 'borderline ridiculous' external pressure on players.

"I particularly think for first-round draft picks, it should be three to four years at least before they can consider moving somewhere else, unless there's some extenuating circumstances," Fagan said.

"Clubs invest a lot in those first-round picks, and if you've got the opportunity to keep them for longer, guaranteed, from a club perspective, that would be fantastic.

"To be thinking about your future two years into a start at a new place and whether you want to go somewhere else is borderline ridiculous."

Fagan added that he and Schache hadn't discussed his future together.

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