List overview: Brisbane

Recruit Brent Moloney.
Recruit Brent Moloney.

Brisbane Lions 2013

1 Sam Docherty
2 Ryan Harwood
3 Brent Moloney
4 Jared Polec
5 Billy Longer
6 Josh  Green
7 Jed Adcock
8 Rohan Bewick
9 Ashley McGrath
10 Daniel Rich
11 Pearce Hanley
12 Stefan Martin
14 Brent Staker
15 Dayne Zorko
16 Jonathan Brown
17 Claye Beams
18 Todd Banfield
19 Jordan Lisle
20 Simon Black
21 Daniel Merrett
22 Marco Paparone
23 Matthew Leuenberger
24 Joel Patfull
26 Elliot Yeo
28 Patrick Karnezis
29 Andrew Raines
30 Jack Redden
31 James Polkinghorne
32 Sam Mayes
33 Michael Close
34 Jesse O'Brien
35 Ryan Lester
36 Matt Maguire
37 Patrick Wearden
38 Tom Rockliff
40 Niall McKeever
41 Mitch Golby
44 Aaron Cornelius
47 Jack Crisp

13 Callum Bartlett
25 Richard Newell
42 Justin Clarke
46 Sam Michael
48 Stephen Wrigley
Nick Hayes
Jordon Bourke


THE SKINNY: Started the period as a major player to lure Kurt Tippett home, but soon realised the big Adelaide forward was leaning towards Sydney. The Lions then shifted their focus to a midfielder, securing former Melbourne best and fairest Brent Moloney, a restricted free agent. The Lions also interviewed Demons ruckman Stefan Martin, who had a year left on his contract, and had to wait until the last minute to resolve a stalemate in negotiations. The 25-year-old will reunite with Moloney in a deal that sent picks 53 and 73 to Melbourne.

VERDICT: The Lions had craved Tippett as the man to build their forward line around when Jonathan Brown retires. Moloney, though, adds to their midfield depth and the Lions will hope he can return to his form of 2011.

DRAFT PICKS: 8, 24, 33, 91, 109, 127


8. SAM MAYES (North Adelaide, 18, 187cm, 78kg)

Medium-sized forward blessed with some handy attributes: speed, agility and a good set shot for goal. Played senior games for the Roosters in 2012.

23. MARCO PAPARONE (East Fremantle, 18, 193cm, 84kg)

Tall forward whose elite endurance allows him to keep presenting or play in the midfield. Dangerous and creative around goal.

32. MICHAEL CLOSE (North Ballarat Rebels, 18, 195cm, 82kg)

Strong-marking forward noted for his mobility and endurance, which gives him time around the ground as a back-up ruckman.

86. JACK CRISP (Brisbane Lions, 19, 190cm, 83kg)

The young midfielder is elevated off the rookie list to the Lions' primary list.

99. NIALL McKEEVER (Brisbane Lions, 23, 196cm, 95kg)

The Irishman is rewarded for 19 games in the past two seasons by being elevated off the rookie list.


Nick Hayes (No.6, rookie), Callum Bartlett (No.21, rookie), Jordon Bourke (No.56, rookie)

The Lions were prepared to punt on having another look at Bartlett after a couple of serious knee injuries. They also bolstered their on-ball brigade through Hayes, and in the ruck through Bourke, the son of former Brisbane player Damian.

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