Brisbane Lions report card

2011 RECORD

Won 4, Draw 0, Lost 18: Finished 15th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Pearce Hanley, Patrick Karnezis, Matthew Leuenberger, Jack Redden, Tom Rockliff

TRADE POTENTIAL

Mitch Clark, Cheynee Stiller

GOING, GOING

Amon Buchanan, Tom Collier

GONE

Luke Power (retired), Jamie Charman (retired), Matt Austin (delisted), Xavier Clarke (delisted)

WHAT THEY NEED

Another key forward to compliment Jonathan Brown and in time, take his place when he departs. Another key defender to take centre half back is also a priority, so too is more midfield depth.

COOPS’ VERDICT

The Lions endured a horrid first half of the season with serious injuries to Jonathan Brown, Brent Staker and by mid-season Daniel Merrett and Josh Drummond also found themselves on the sidelines, robbing them of their bookend selections. Their low point came in round 7 when they went down to new neighbours Gold Coast but they were able to re-group and turn things around with a competitive edge in the second half of the season. Youngsters were the driving force behind their improvement with Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden, James Polkinghorne, Irishman Pearce Hanley, Matthew Leuenberger and Patrick Karnezis showing signs for the future. Former Tiger Andrew Raines was a success story thanks to his reinvention as a run-with player who claimed some big-name scalps, after his appeared to be at the crossroads. The Lions also unearthed other young developing talent through the likes of Rohan Bewick, Claye Beams and 2010 draftee Jared Polec, who all showed signs but fall away to injury as the year went on. The Lions re-signed key young players along the way but will lose West Australian tall Mitch Clark, who has requested a trade to Fremantle. The Lions have enough talent to work with and will build their list through the upcoming trade period and drafts, so the future looks bright. Michael Voss has also earnt a two-year contract extension with renewed hope after discovering a few players this year and is expected to have recently departed Adelaide coach Neil Craig come on board as Director of Coaching.

TOMORROW: ADELAIDE

 

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