Brisbane could call on a rookie forward for their Gather Round clash with North Melbourne, with first-year Lion Logan Morris landing in South Australia ahead of Friday's match.

Morris, drafted with Pick 31 at last November's National Draft, took part in Brisbane's captain's run on Thursday morning as he presses a case for a potential AFL debut.

The teenager has had a strong start to 2024, booting seven goals in two VFL matches to go with a five-goal outing in February during a Lions intra-club hitout.

The Werribee Districts junior was a standout in the Talent League across the 2022 and 2023 seasons, booting 61 goals to flex his impressive marking and goalkicking.

Morris could be in the frame for a senior call-up after Brisbane's attacking third endured an underwhelming outing last week.

Spearhead Joe Daniher and small forward Charlie Cameron were kept one goal each, while athletic tall Eric Hipwood struggled to have an impact across four quarters in the 20-point loss to Collingwood.

Brisbane Lions rookie Logan Morris at training, 2024 (Image via Brisbane FC)

Coach Chris Fagan has defended his out-of-form forwards, noting Hipwood's quite performance against the reigning premiers was an outlier.

"He was definitely below his best the other night," Fagan said of Hipwood when speaking to media earlier this week.

"It was a bad game, but it was one bad game."

Darcy Gardiner, Jarryd Lyons and James Tunstill also joined Morris as part of Fagan's travelling squad after not featuring in the Lions' Round 3 loss to Collingwood.

Gardiner is another who could be considered for a tall forward role, having trained in attack over the pre-season before being utilised at both ends of the field to start the season.

Outside of Morris' potential inclusion, the Lions may not look to shake up their squad at selection despite a 0-3 start to the season.

Co-captain Lachie Neale is expected to face the Roos at Norwood Oval on Friday, with the dual Brownlow Medal winner still needing to overcome an ankle issue sustained against the Magpies.

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Neale was to the side of the Lions' final session ahead of Gather Round, not taking part in a majority of the drills to further manage his loads.

A call on Neale's fitness is set to be made on Thursday ahead of selection, with Lyons on standby if the Lions star isn't deemed fit to play.

Brisbane face North Melbourne at Norwood Oval on Friday at 4:40pm local time.

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Brisbane WON BY 70 POINTS
Norwood Oval
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