BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Alex Witherden of the Lions handballs during the round 11 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Hawthorn Hawks at The Gabba on June 01, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Axed Lions young gun Alex Witherden is set to draw interest from rival clubs at the end of the season, according to AFL great Jonathan Brown.

After struggling for senior opportunities early in the season, the defender has put together solid form over the last couple of months, playing in Brisbane’s last six games.

However, he was omitted for Friday night’s clash against Collingwood with veteran backman Daniel Rich returning to the side.

Speaking on Fox Footy last night, Brown believes other teams will explore the possibility of recruiting the 21-year old.

“He’s going to have plenty of interest from other clubs, I know they’ll be sniffing around for sure,” he said on Fox Footy.

Grant Birchall is probably keeping him out of the side at the moment, but Grant is in the twilight of his career.

“I think you hang around and try have success with a club you know is in the window, but he’ll certainly have some takers in the off-season.”

Recruited from the Geelong Falcons, the former Pick 23 made his AFL debut in 2017 and has totalled 59 senior appearances across four seasons.

Witherden has averaged 19.2 disposals and 6.5 marks per game in 2020.