The Brisbane Lions player retention problems have been well documented over the past few seasons, but their women’s team has a strategy to ensure the same problems do not engulf their side in the future.
The Lions’ AFL Women’s teams is aiming to be made up entirely of Queenslanders within the next three years.
Brisbane currently has five non-Queensland players on its list for the inaugural season.
“I don’t think any of us are ready for the tsunami of interest and participation that’s going to come,” Lions’ AFLW CEO Breanna Brock told AFL.com.au.
“In Queensland we’ve had 37 per cent increase in participation (in female football) year-on-year for the past four years and you hope that’s going to increase with all the extra exposure (of the NAB AFLW competition) and the juggernaut of the AFL behind it.
“We’ve got great youth girls’ programs and talented under-18s, (so) our nursery is looking really good in terms of continuing to build the (Lions) as a Queensland side.
“The hope is that within three seasons we’ll be 100 per cent made up of Queensland talent. That’s certainly a goal for us.”
The Lions’ first game is against the Demons at Casey Fields in Melbourne’s south-east, on Sunday, February 5.