BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Ryan Lester of the Lions gets a handball away during the round nine AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba on May 18, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane has announced the re-signings of Ryan Lester and Mitch Hinge, with the pair committing to remain at the Lions in 2020.

Hinge has been elevated to the senior list from the rookie list, after finally making his debut in 2019, playing two senior games.

Lester featured nine times in 2019, and has signed on for his 10th year at the club.

“Ryan is a person that is well respected by everyone at our football Club due to his manner and drive to improve himself as a player,” Brisbane’s General Manager of Football David Noble told the club’s website.

“Being a part of our leadership group, he provides great input into the direction and decision making of the Club from a leader’s perspective.

“Mitch showed terrific improvement in his game this year, making his debut into a pretty settled team.

“He showed he has the skills to play at the level and now the challenge in front of him is to secure a regular position in the team, with his run, competitiveness and ability to play in several positions.”

The two re-signings mean the Lions now have just five players currently without a contract for 2020.

Brisbane 2020 Player Movements

2020 Gains
Callum AhChee (Gold Coast Suns, 2020), Grant Birchall (Hawthorn Hawks, 2020), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Adelaide Crows, 2022)
2020 Losses
Ryan Bastinac (delisted), Tom Cutler (Essendon Bombers), Matthew Eagles (delisted), Luke Hodge (retired), Ben Keays (delisted), Corey Lyons (delisted), Nick Robertson (delisted), Sam Skinner (delisted), Archie Smith (delisted), Lewis Taylor (Sydney Swans), Josh Walker (delisted)
Re-Signed
Noah Answerth (2022), Connor Ballenden (2021), Jarrod Berry (2024), Thomas Berry (2024), Allen Christensen (2020), Tom Fullarton (2021), Mitchell Hinge (2020), Eric Hipwood (2023), Ryan Lester (2020), Stefan Martin (2020), Rhys Mathieson (2021), Connor McFadyen (2021), Daniel McStay (2022), Mitch Robinson (2021), Alex Witherden (2022), Dayne Zorko (2021)
Off Contract 2020
Marcus Adams, Jacob Allison, Grant Birchall, Allen Christensen, Cedric Cox, Mitchell Hinge, Tom Joyce, Ryan Lester, James Madden, Stefan Martin, Jack Payne, Ely Smith, Toby Wooller