Brisbane Lions ruckman Oscar McInerney has signed a new three-year deal.
The Lions confirmed McInerney's new contract in a statement on Tuesday, tying him to the club until the end of the 2024 season.
McInerney was drafted to the Lions with Pick 37 in the 2016 Rookie Draft out of VFL team Casey Scorpions.
The 26-year old has played 56 AFL games for the Lions since making his senior debut in 2018 and was thrilled to extend to extend his tenure at the club.
“I love playing here,’’ he told lions.com.au.
“I’m so grateful to Brisbane for giving me my chance at an AFL club and it is because of the help of my coaches and teammates that I’ve been able to improve enough to get a game.
“Everyone here wants to get better and that creates an environment I’m really comfortable in.
“I am just so happy that I will get to continue coming to work with my mates every day and working together towards our goals.’’
He now takes the mantle as the number one ruckman at Brisbane and the opportunity to make the role his following Stefan Martin's move to the Western Bulldogs during the trade period.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said McInerney deserved the extension and is one the most valued players at the club.
“This is great news for our footy club,’’ he said.
“Oscar is a very humble guy and he probably doesn’t realise what he means to us, not just as a great footballer and teammate, but also as a person.
“You wouldn’t find a more professional, hardworking player than the Big O and because of that constant drive to improve he has elevated himself to be one of the best ruckmen in the league.
“His teammates love playing with him and they draw inspiration from the way he trains and the standards he sets himself.’’
“I’m so grateful to Brisbane for giving me my chance at an AFL club and it is because of the help of my coaches and teammates that I’ve been able to improve enough to get a game."
Always so humble, Big O 😍
— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) February 9, 2021