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Redden no trade bait

Sportal August 29, 2012, 2:20 pm
Jack Redden

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Jack Redden has rubbished suggestions he could be used by Brisbane as part of a trade package to lure out-of-contract Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett back to Queensland.

Tippett's future will not be resolved until he resumes contract talks with Adelaide at the conclusion of their season, with both the Lions and Gold Coast keen on his services.

But speculation in the South Australian press has seen Redden, a Glenelg product, touted as a trade target for the Crows should the key forward choose to move to the Sunshine State.

Redden has been a standout performer in a struggling Brisbane side this season, and was again influential with 24 disposals, 13 tackles and one goal in Saturday's win over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

However, it appears that the push for the 21-year-old to pull on the Crows' tri-colours next season is based entirely on wishful thinking.

"I don't really buy into (the speculation) because I know it's not happening," Redden told reporters on Wednesday.

"I've heard it all, I suppose. It doesn't affect my footy, I know what I've got to get on with - and that's to finish off the year.

"I'm pretty happy up here. I'm signed on until the end of 2014 so I'm not moving home anytime soon.

"I'm happy with where the club's going, there's a bright future here as well so I'm staying around in Brisbane.

"There's been several boys who have stayed on this year and last year as well, so it's good signs for the club.

"Hopefully we can get more to sign and build a success story down the track."

Redden's immediate goal is to help the Lions string three consecutive wins together for the first time in 2012.

Having knocked off both South Australian sides in the past two weeks - first the Crows in a Gabba boilover, then Port on the weekend - they face the Western Bulldogs at home in their last assignment of the season.

"It'd be great to finish off strong and go to the line against the Bulldogs this week," he said.

"It is pretty hard to get motivated considering we haven't made the finals for a long time, but we're building towards more success down the track.

"It's going to be a good test for us this week. The Doggies are really good through the midfield, they've got a strong and mature midfield group."

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