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Josh Schache
#23   Brisbane Lions
Age: 19yr 9mth    Games: 23     Born: August 21, 1997    
Height: 199cm     Weight: 96kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #2 2015 National Draft by Brisbane Lions
Supercoach Price: $218,300   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $237,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2017   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Josh Schache Biography

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Brisbane have given Josh Schache a few days leave to return to Victoria amid his second-season struggles.

The out of contract 19-year-old was dropped to the NEAFL at the weekend where he had just four disposals.

Lions football manager David Noble said the decision had nothing to do with reports the young forward had been given time off to decide on his future.

"I can categorically deny it," Noble said.

"There's been no deadline given. We're talking to Josh's manager every few days but there is no timeframe whatsoever."

Schache's manager, Dave Trotter of McDonald Sports, echoed Noble's comments.

"It is more that they are giving him a rest because everyone watching him play (can see) he looks a bit fatigued," Trotter said.

"They said, 'Is this something that will help him?' His mum and brother were up on the weekend and they said, 'Why don't you just go home with them?'

"It is not related to his contract."

Friday, 19 May 2017
Lions coach Chris Fagan expresses his frustration with the short length of draftee contracts as Josh Schache ponders his future after just two years at the club.

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

"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."

Scache has been dropped for week's match against Adelaide at the Gabba after struggling for most of his six matches this season.

"As a 19-year-old boy, if they are the things he's thinking about, that must be tough," Fagan said when asked if Schache was preoccupied with thoughts on his contract situation.

"What I do know is in Josh's time at the club he's been coached well, managed well off the field in terms of welfare, and I think the club's done everything they can to make this a good place for him to be, and that is the only bit we can control."

Monday, 6 March 2017
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says he won't be pestering Josh Schache about whether he will be at the club in 2018.

"I don't ask him [about his contract]," Fagan said.

"I and the other coaches just try to create the best environment we can for him so that he can improve and grow as a player. That is our part of the deal and that is what we will stick to."

The coach said plenty of pressure was placed on Schache in 2016 because of the Lions' situation but he was no different to other key forwards and would need time to develop.

"We have just got to keep Josh realistic and striving and not feel like he is under pressure to be too good too soon," Fagan said.

"We have got to let the rest of the world know he is just a young and developing player and that he will gradually improve, but don't expect the world from him."

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Josh Schache could miss start of season after suffering a low-grade medial ligament strain in a contact drill.

Fortunately the former No.2 draft pick did not require surgery.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Josh Schache is happy at the Brisbane Lions but the out-of-contract spearhead wants to focus on making a strong start to the 2017 home and away season before opening contract negotiations.

Schache's manager, Dave Trotter of McDonald Sports and Talent Management, says his client was content living in Brisbane and playing with the Lions.

But Trotter said Schache, who is from Seymour in regional Victoria, wanted to hold off any contract talks with the Lions until after the start of home and away season.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Top-10 draft prospect Ben Ainsworth says the chance to play senior footy in 2017 and reunite with underage teammates Josh Schache and Sam Skinner are the main reasons behind his desire to join the Brisbane Lions.

"Getting an opportunity to play at the highest level is definitely the thing that comes to my mind, and that's why I did say I'd like to go to Brisbane," he said.

"I think they're developing a pretty good culture at Brisbane and I think there's good things ahead for the club.

"I know (Lions players) Josh Schache and Sam Skinner from Gippsland Power, too.

"But wherever I get an opportunity it doesn't really bother me, I just want to take it with both hands."

Friday, 12 August 2016
Josh Schache will not play again in 2016, with the Brisbane Lions deciding to rest the key forward after a heavy workload in his first year.

"We've put a lot of weight and load through him this year and it's a bit unfair on the youngest player in the comp," Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch said.

"We've asked a lot of our group this year, particularly our younger brigade, and I know the results haven't been great, but they've had to endure more than most."

Thursday, 21 July 2016
Josh Schache has played more minutes than all but 40 AFL players in his first season.

He is also the only first-year player in the top 100 players for minutes played until the end of round 16.

Schache has played 1702 minutes in 15 games, having been rested for round six against the Sydney Swans and then getting a break because of the bye between rounds 14 and 16.

"We probably didn't anticipate him playing so many games and we're really conscious of it," Brisbane Lions high performance manager Damien Austin said.

"It's a massive learning curve and he has been put in the deep end.

"We're very happy with where he is at and what he is doing. We're confident in his ability to run and run out games."

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Lions skipper Tom Rockliff raves over No.2 draftee Josh Schache who has been having standout pre-season.

"His patterns are unbelievable as a forward," Rockliff said.

"He was doing numbers on Daniel Merrett and Harris Andrews, who was outstanding for us last year.

"I think I've seen him miss one goal he hit the post on Friday. That's the first set-shot goal I've seen him miss all pre-season, so that says a little bit about his kicking technique.

"He can kick them from outside 50 no worries and his hands are as good I've seen. He's only an 18-year-old but it's going to be so good to watch him when he's 23 or 24."

Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Josh Schache has been billed as a saviour of sorts for the battling Brisbane Lions but coach Justin Leppitsch says to not expect too much from the No.2 draft pick in his first season.

"We have to be patient with young keys," he said.

"The No.1 pick last year (Paddy McCartin) is a key forward and was hardly sighted last season, so we can't put too much pressure on our young boys."

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Rated as the best key forward in this year's NAB AFL draft, Josh Schache went as expected to the Brisbane Lions with the No.2 selection.

His dad Laurence was also a key forward with the old Brisbane Bears, playing 29 games in 1991-92.

"A powerful key forward. Great mark. Great work ethic and he's a terrific kick at goal. He'll take some time, Josh, but we're hoping he'll be the player we're searching for," Lions recruiting manager Stephen Conole said of Schache.

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