Queensland VFL club Southport have announced the signings of former Sun Jacob Townsend and delisted Demon Jay Lockhart ahead of the 2022 season.

Townsend announced his retirement from the AFL this week after 62 games across spells with the Giants, Tigers, Bombers and Suns, winning a premiership with Richmond in 2017.

The 28-year-old is set to remain in the Sunshine State for next year, with the Sharks revealing their newest recruit on Tuesday night.

The signing comes just days after Southport confirmed Lockhart would join the club for the 2022 VFL season, also adding to the likes of ex-AFL talent Aiden Fyfe, Jacob Heron, Zac Foot and Boyd Woodcock in linking up with the Sharks for next year.

Lockhart played 22 games for Melbourne, with his last appearance coming in Round 13 last year. The 25-year-old was delisted by the Demons just days after the club's drought-breaking premiership win.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Jay Lockhart of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 03 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

Southport joined the new-look VFL competition in 2021 following the restructure of the second-tier competition, with fellow Queensland club Aspley also adding to the east-coast competition.

The Sharks managed nine wins from their 10 matches prior to the season being cut short due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, quickly emerging as a premiership threat.

Steve Daniel's side will continue to feature in the 21-team league next year in hope of a full campaign ahead, while Aspley have returned to the QAFL for 2022.