McCarthy edging closer to Brisbane move

GEELONG small forward Lincoln McCarthy is edging closer to a move to Brisbane after passing a medical test this week.

McCarthy had previously met with the Lions and has been impressed with what he has seen of the improving club, believing they can provide him with a fresh start after an injury-riddled run at the Cats.

It is understood the 24-year-old, who has managed just 29 games since making his debut in 2012, has been offered a three-year deal to move to Brisbane, where he would join former Geelong players Allan Christensen and Josh Walker.

He is close friends with Fremantle star Lachie Neale, who has also been linked to the Lions, but McCarthy told the Geelong Advertiser after the Cats' VFL semi-final loss last week that he would not be making a decision based on what Neal was going to do.

"We're both our own players, really," McCarthy said.

"I feel like anywhere you go you become good mates with everyone you play with, so Lach and I are good mates, I haven't played with him for years, but we're both making our own decisions on what we think is best for us.

"The beauty of team sport is wherever you go, you end up with 40 or so of your best mates."

McCarthy is still weighing up the merits of leaving Geelong but it is understood he has all but come to the conclusion a move to Brisbane is the best option for him to reinvigorate his career.

Fellow small forward Cory Gregson may also yet find a new AFL home after being delisted by Geelong last week.

The South Australian was one of six players who were not offered new deals, including ex-Kangaroo Aaron Black, untried trio Ryan Gardner, Matthew Hayball and Timm House and former Essendon and Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri, and it had been thought initially that he would struggle to earn a second chance due to ongoing issues with his feet.

But while Gregson is unlikely to find a spot on a senior list, it is understood clubs are keeping an open mind about the possibility of offering him a spot on their rookie list for 2019.

Gregson managed 39 games with Geelong after making his debut in 2015.