Brisbane CEO Greg Swann is confident highly rated GM of footy Danny Daly will remain at the club despite rival interest.
Daly has been at the club for nine years in a variety of roles and is coach Chris Fagan’s right-hand man.
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It’s been reported that Damien Hardwick, who is expected to be Gold Cost’s next coach, is keen to bring Daly to the Suns.
The pair previously worked together at Richmond, while Daly has also spent time at North Melbourne and Collingwood.
Swann said the Suns have yet to approach to Daly.
Danny Daly and Chris Fagan Credit: Getty Images
“He’s the best in the business so it’s not a surprise,” Swann said on SEN Breakfast.
“I don’t think they’d be the first ones to ring him. Having said that, he did say that they haven’t rung him or anything.
“It wouldn’t surprise me because he’s been an absolute key component of what we’ve been doing in the last few years.
“I did have a little chat to him yesterday, but he’s all-in with us.
“He’s a fantastic operator. It wouldn’t be the first time that someone has given him a call to see what he’s up to.
“He’s with us and hopefully we can march through the finals and get to where we need to get to.”
A former accountant and banker, Daly was the Lions’ head of strategy for four years before stepping into his new role in 2020 following the departure of David Noble.
“Without denigrating Nobes I’d say we’ve got better to be honest; everything’s gone like clockwork,” Swann said.
With the Lions flying high in the AFL, membership numbers at the club have eclipsed 50,000 for the first time.
Brisbane Lions boss Greg Swann is looking forward to a bright future despite the club’s Gabba move. Credit: AAP
NRL rivals Brisbane reported close to 40,000 members late last year.
“When I started (nine years ago) we were in the high teens,” the former Collingwood and Carlton boss said, crediting his staff and the success of the Lions’ men’s and women’s outfits.
He said Queensland now boasts more players than Australian rules heartland South Australia.
As the membership increases, Swann wants a decision made as soon as September on a temporary home for the Lions, with the Gabba to be out of action for four seasons from 2026 ahead of the 2032 Olympics.
The club’s new Springfield headquarters and the inner-city Brisbane Showgrounds site have emerged as the frontrunners.
AAP understands plans to develop the Showgrounds for AFL fixtures have been complicated by Queensland Cricket’s ambitious push to further enhance the precinct of their nearby Allan Border Field.
“A whole lot’s happening … we might go back to the old Gabba hill with people rolling down there by the end of the game,” Swann joked of the challenges of accommodating their growing fan base inside a smaller stadium.
“It’s not ideal, we’ll be out for four years but the upside is we go back into a 55,000 seat, brand new stadium.
“That’s the golden ticket at the end of the day and you don’t get the Olympics coming around very often.”
– with AAP
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