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Lions make five list changes

Josie Fielding  October 26, 2017 4:05 PM

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The Brisbane Lions have informed Michael Close, Claye Beams, Cian Hanley, Reuben William and Matthew Hammelmann that they will not be offered a playing contract in 2018. 

Close, Beams, Hanley and William were all part of the Lions’ 2017 NEAFL premiership side, while Hammelmann unfortunately missed the match with a hamstring injury.

Michael Close debuted for the Club in Round 1, 2014, and played 27 games in his five years, including 10 in 2017. The forward suffered injury setbacks throughout his time at the Lions.

Claye Beams played 54 games for the Lions since being recruited with their 76th pick at the 2009 AFL Draft. 

Rookie Reuben William played three games for the Lions after making his debut in 2016.

Forward Matthew Hammelmann played 12 games in three years at the Lions.

Irish rookie Cian Hanley suffered multiple injury setbacks during his three years at the Lions. 

Lions List Manager Dom Ambrogio thanked the players for their contributions to the Club.

“We are grateful for Michael, Claye, Reuben, Matthew and Cian’s contribution during their tenures with the Lions,” Ambrogio said.

“This time of year is always difficult, especially letting five good people go. We wish them the best in their AFL careers and hope they have another opportunity soon.”

The Lions have seven selections ahead of November 24th’s AFL Draft in Sydney, holding picks 1, 15, 18, 40, 44, 52 and 93.

“We go in with a really strong hand, with three draft picks in the first round,” Ambrogio said.

“We are confident the selections will help set our Club up for future success."

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