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Katie de Haer  May 25, 2017 1:48 PM

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Emily Bates of the Lions in action ahead of Sarah Hosking of the Blues during the 2017 AFLW Round 07 match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Ikon Park on March 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

The Brisbane Lions have secured the services of inaugural Women’s Best and Fairest winner Emily Bates for the 2018 AFLW Season.

The 21-year-old midfielder, a product of Yeronga South Brisbane WFC, was selected with pick #2 in the AFL Women’s Draft in 2016.

The Lions finished the home and away season undefeated before succumbing by six-points to Adelaide in a Grand Final nail bitter at Metricon Stadium in March.

Bates said the whole group were motivated to go one better in 2018.

“I’m really excited to re-sign with the Club,” said Bates.

“In just a year we have built something special at this Club and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the 2018 season.

“Coming so close to the ultimate success this year will be a huge motivator to go one better next year.”

Bates’ 2017 season also included selection in the inaugural AFL Women’s All Australian team.

In more good news for the Lions, Megan Hunt signed with the Club yesterday.

Hunt, a hardnosed midfielder, was an integral cog in the Lions’ team – playing all eight matches.

“Megan brings plenty of enthusiasm to the group,” said Brisbane Lions Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock.

“She is super competitive, we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for her.”