BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Dayne Beams leads the Lions out for the round 23 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at The Gabba on August 26, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane: 2018 Best 22

New faces: A busy off-season has seen some new faces in Brisbane, most notably Hawthorn legend Luke Hodge and Adelaide speedster, Charlie Cameron.

Hodge’s experience and leadership at half-back will be influential in a young side, whilst Cameron’s game-breaking ability could provide the Lions with an extra win or two in 2018. Number one pick Cameron Rayner should play straight away, likely as a dangerous medium forward before he builds his tank to play in the midfield.

On the fringe: Key back/forward Josh Walker will be in the selection discussion from day one, offering a big frame with experience to create a presence at either end of the ground.

Nick Robertson will also be there abouts, likely in a tagging role. Youngsters Cedric Cox, Tom Cutler, Zac Bailey, Archie Smith and Jacob Allison should also play senior footy in 2018.

First picked: Dayne Zorko

Last picked: Tom Bell

Best 22

B: Alex Witherden, Daniel McStay, Jarrod Berry
HB: Daniel Rich, Harris Andrews, Luke Hodge
C: Ryan Bastinac, Mitch Robinson, Allen Christensen
HF: Lewis Taylor, Darcy Gardiner, Hugh McCluggage
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Charlie Cameron
FOL: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Dayne Zorko
I/C: Sam Mayes, Rhys Mathieson, Ryan Lester, Tom Bell

 

 

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