The Brisbane Lions experienced tremendous success to start this century off going back-to-back-to-back (2001-03) before a slow decline that saw them lose the 04′ Grand Final and only make the finals once since (2009).
In order to make its way up the ladder, Brisbane were forced to make personnel changes including many players who have gone on to lead successful careers at rival clubs.
Either seeking opportunity elsewhere or falling out of favour with the coach/board, players opted to change the Lion that was originally on their jersey, to something else.
Some trades worked out for Brisbane, but as most people are aware, a lot didn’t.
Here are the top 10 players Brisbane have let go since 2003.
10. James Aish
Taken at No.7 in the 2013 AFL Draft, Aish impressed many at the club which resulted in him making his debut in round one of his first season.
In round six that year, he was awarded a rising star nomination and played a total of 21 out of 22 games.
Aish only played 11 games the following year and was shipped off to Collingwood at the end of the season.
Since then, Aish has found himself in and out of the Collingwood lineup until round 21 in 2018 where he was able to string some games together including the Grand Final.
Since that round, Aish has found himself a regular in that back six, until his injury against his old mob earlier this year.