Darcy and Oscar commit to the Lions

Two of the Brisbane Lions brightest prospects have extended their contracts, with defender Darcy Gardiner and Oscar McInerney signing on until 2022 and 2021 respectively.

In 2018 Gardiner had his finest season to date for the Lions, earning a reputation as one of the best up and coming defenders in the league. The 23-year-old’s fierce competitiveness often saw him assigned the toughest matchups each game.

In his fifth AFL season Gardiner played every game up until Round 21, when he dislocated his shoulder, ruling him out for the remaining two games.

His brilliant performances on field and proud team ethic saw him rewarded with a fourth-place finish in the Merrett-Murray-Medal count and was recognised as the Club’s Trademark Player of the Year.

Gardiner said he did not think twice about putting pen to paper.

“I did not hesitate at all to extend my contract,” Gardiner said.

“With Fages on board, I’ve felt the last few years the team is heading in the right, positive direction and it is something I want to be part of.

“I think in the next few years we’ll be challenging teams and it’s a really exciting place to be.

“The team has improved so much and we only grow with confidence each week.”

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