Bates won the award with 21 votes after also being crowned the AFLCA champion player of the year and won the AFL Players' Association MVP award. after a spectacular individual season.
Womens.afl are reporting that expansion team Hawthorn are leading the race for Bates should she not re-sign with the Lions.
However, the Hawks aren't the only Victorian club in pursuit of the star midfielder.
Bates has been at Brisbane for all six AFLW season having played 53 games in a very successful Brisbane team.
The 26-year-old is one of a few major names who have reportedly been on the target list for expansion clubs. Western Bulldogs star Ellie Blackburn was being courted by Sydney but opted to remain at the Whitten Oval.
2022 Carlton best and fairest Maddy Presparkis is reportedly a target for Essendon. The Herald Sun reported this week that Presparkis will have a lucrative offer from the Bombers to weigh up this off-season.