2022 Pocket Profile: Brisbane Lions
Next up in the Pocket Profiles is the Brisbane Lions being covered by Zac! Zac finished 6th last season, and knows his Brisbane Lions like the back of his hand.
The Brisbane Lions have come off one their quietest trade periods under Fagan’s reign so far. Two picks inside 20 saw them pick up Darcy Wilmot ($139,800 DEF), an exciting rebounding defender, and Kai Lohmann ($121,800 FWD), who people were surprised to see picked up that early but is an exciting athletic forward who we could see at some point throughout the season.
James Tunstill ($117,300 MID) was another surprise selection but is a classy big bodied midfielder who will have his work cut out for him fighting for a spot in the Lions already strong midfield unit, so he’s more likely to be seen later in the year, if at all.
While Darcy Fort ($307,900 RUC) has also come in to assist in the absence of Eric Hipwood, so he’ll have no issues getting early games in the Lions’ 22. No idea how he’ll impact Oscar McInerney ($509,600 RUC), but he’s been brought in to play as a key forward so you’d think any impact would be minor.
Jarryd Lyons ($640,100 MID)
Mr Consistent went 10 games without scoring under 100 and only went under triple figures three times for the entire season, but positively never went below 80 points with 81 being his lowest return. He’s averaged over 110 two seasons in a row now and is still flying under the radar, but people need to realise he won’t cop a tag given the other names in the Lions midfield, but he’s a ball magnet and rarely wastes a disposal. Brisbane are trying to take their game to a new level this season so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take the game on a bit more. Lock him in.
Zac Bailey ($459,900 FWD/MID)
This guy gets better every season, and as the 2021 season went on, he was catching fire. He turns 23 this year, and is about to enter the prime of his career. We saw glimpses of his scoring potential with 10 scores of 90 or better last season, and with a little more consistency he’s a lock in SuperCoach, especially with his dual-position status. One to watch.
Lachie Neale ($543,200 MID)
A fire has been lit under Lachie Neale after the talks of him wanting to leave. Could he return to his Brownlow winning form? Well, he’ll be wanting to prove he’s still happy at the Lions, and by the looks of the pre-season footage on social media he looks happy, healthy and in ripping shape. If he can keep his body healthy all year, there’s no reason he couldn’t easily surpass a 110 average.
Darcy Wilmot ($139,800 DEF)
Darcy will have his work cut out for him fighting for that big gaping hole Birchall has left behind, but what works in his favour is that his pace is something Brisbane’s defence has been lacking. I don’t know if he’ll play from round one, but I’m fairly confident he’ll get a chance at some point and will stay in as long as he’s working out. Noah Answerth ($246,800 DEF), James Madden ($310,300 DEF) and even Keidean Coleman ($263,200 DEF/FWD) are also fighting for the position though so anything is possible.
Jarrod Berry ($268,500 MID)
Now, I love Berry, but he’s essentially a Swiss Army Knife. He can play anywhere, and so his role is never locked in. He can play wing, forward, midfield and while that’s great for the team, it’s not good for SuperCoach. Cam Rayner ($278,600 FWD) is coming back from his knee injury and will likely play an expanded role in the midfield, which means someone misses out. My guess is Berry…Berry is a good set shot, a good overhead mark and 192cm, so while he’s not as tall as him he’s a good chance to be used to help fill that Eric Hipwood role up forward alongside Daniher and McStay, and will likely stay in a forward/wing position as Brisbane rotate a few more players through that midfield.
Thanks Zac! You can follow Zac on Twitter here. He’s always up for a good joke, and loves his sport.