Taylor joins Sydney

The Sydney Swans have secured former Rising Star winner Lewis Taylor in a three-way trade with the Brisbane Lions and Carlton on the final day of the AFL Trade Period.

The Swans traded draft picks 54 and 63 to Carlton, in exchange for pick 48, which was then on-traded to Brisbane for the speedy midfielder/forward.

Recruited by the Lions with a second-round pick in 2013, Taylor made his debut the following year, playing all 22 games and winning the prestigious AFL Rising Star Award.

The 24-year-old played a total of 112 games at the Lions, kicking 88 goals.

Swans Head of Football Charlie Gardiner said Taylor will add to the club’s midfield and forward stocks.

“We’re excited to have secured Lewis from Brisbane as we think he has the potential to be a really important player for us for years to come,” Gardiner said.

“Lewis really burst onto the scene from a young age and showed he has great speed and elite skills that will really complement our side.  

“We look forward to Lewis joining Sydney for the start of pre-season and seeing him continue his career in red and white.”

Lewis Taylor Statistics
DOB: February 17, 1995
Draft history: Pick 28, 2013 National Draft
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
AFL Debut: Round 1, 2014 v Hawthorn
Games: 112
Goals: 88
AFL Rising Star Award (2014)
VIC Country U18 Captain (2013)
AIS-AFL Academy Graduate (2013)