‘Beast Mode’ extends stay in Brisbane

    The Lions livewire has signed a new deal with the club 🦁

    Mitch Keating

    Brisbane livewire Rhys Mathieson has extended his stay with the Lions, inking a new two-year deal to remain at the club until the end of the 2023 season.

    Announced via deal will see 'Beast Mode' add to his 62 games for the Lions, with his first match in Maroon, Blue and Gold coming in 2016.

    The 24-year-old has since gone on to play a key role in Brisbane's rise toward premiership contention, a journey Mathieson has enjoyed.

    "I'm pretty stoked to be able to stay at this club that I love so much," Mathieson said following the announcement.

    "The boys are my best mates, they're people I hang out with in the off-season. They're like a family to me.

    LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Mitch Robinson, Jarrod Berry, Lions head coach Chris Fagan and Rhys Mathieson of the Lions sing the song in the rooms after winning the round 17 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at University of Tasmania Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

    "I'd love to be playing every week, but we've got a pretty good core midfield group.

    "I look at it as a positive that it's going to help me develop into a better footballer.

    "To have those guys around me like Lachie Neale, JL (Jarryd Lyons) and Zorks (Dayne Zorko), that's a pretty good core right there to learn off.

    "I feel like when I come in and get a game I'm pretty well prepared and have the best mentors in that group.

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Brisbane Lions player Rhys Mathieson poses during a portrait session at The Gabba on April 14, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

    "Fages, all the coaches I've had to develop off, I've built such a great relationship and I can't picture myself anywhere else or starting anywhere else."

    Mathieson has been named as an emergency for the Lions in Saturday night's semi-final against the Western Bulldogs.
    Utilised as a medical sub in last week's loss to Melbourne, Mathieson may be brought into the game to have a late impact once again.