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Raines departs Lions

Andrew Raines will depart the Lions to seek other opportunities next year

8:59am  Aug 27, 2014

Raines embraces challenge

Andrew Raines has faced a number of challenges throughout his AFL career

10:02am  May 15, 2014

No pain, no Raines

Andrew Raines has faced his fair share of adversity in his AFL career

2:50pm  Jul 5, 2013

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182 cm
82 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Southport
Clubs: Richmond / Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 22 2004
Recruited from: Southport (QLD) / Richmond
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The former Richmond defender arrived at the Lions during the 2009 trade period and has since been used in roles across half-back, in the midfield and occasionally as a tagger. While his early years were somewhat restricted through injury, he has certainly lost none of his trademark dash.


• The son of former Brisbane Bear Geoff Raines, Andrew Raines spent most of his junior career playing with local Queensland club Southport in the AFLQ.

• He was drafted to Richmond with their 8th round selection (Pick No.76 overall) in the 2003 AFL National Draft and promptly moved to Melbourne to commence his career.

• After managing just seven matches in his first two seasons at the Tigers, Raines enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2006 when he played all 22 matches and finished Runner-Up in Richmond's Best & Fairest award.

• He also finished Runner-Up in the AFL's Rising Star Award behind Port Adelaide's Danyle Pearce after being nominated earlier in the season. This feat saw Raines recognised as one of the most promising young players in the AFL.

• His breakthrough season of 2006 also earned Raines selection in Australia's International Rules Series side where he spent plenty of time with recently retired Lions star Michael Voss.

• He played all 22 matches and averaged close to 20 disposals the following year in 2007 before injuries limited him to just five matches across both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  

• After two interrupted seasons with the Tigers, Raines sought a new start and was subsequently traded back to Queensland to join the Brisbane Lions in exchange for a third round draft pick.

Season by season

Season by season

• Despite a solid pre-season campaign which culminated in him being part of the Club's NAB Cup premiership side, Raines was left out of the senior side for Round 1. 

• A disastrous season-opener against the Western Bulldogs saw Raines recalled for Round 2, and he immediately resumed his role as the team's primary tagger. 

• He went on to play 18 of a possible 22 matches in 2013, including his 50th match for the Club in Round 7 against West Coast.

• Raines' consistent season was rewarded when he finished equal 8th in the Merrett-Murray Medal - his best ever finish at the Lions. He was also named in the Queensland Team of the Year for the second consecutive season.

• An infected knee kept Raines sidelined for the entire pre-season competition, but a quick recovery saw him compete in a couple of Reserves’ practice matches before forcing himself back into the senior side by Round 3.

• He immediately resumed his role as the Lions’ primary shut-down player, and proceeded to perform successful tagging jobs on the best midfielders in the competition.

• He played every match upon his return – with the exception of Round 6 when he served a one-match suspension for striking Geelong Captain Joel Selwood.

• Raines’ finest run-with roles came against some of the 2012 Brownlow Medal fancies in Gary Ablett (in Round 4), Matthew Boyd (Round 13), and Trent Cotchin (in Round 19).

• He also impacted the scoreboard more than usual, finishing the season with eight goals (he had only kicked two from his first eight AFL seasons).

• He also finally had the opportunity to run out for his 100th AFL game in Round 21 against Port Adelaide, and celebrated the occasion with 20 disposals, seven tackles, and, more importantly, a come-from behind win.

• Raines’ unheralded role was recognised by the Lions’ Match Committee on Club Champion night when he finished =11th his highest placing since joining the Lions.

• He also received the Marcus Ashcroft Most Professional Player Award and was named in the Queensland Team of the Year for the second successive season.  

• Raines’ first season at the Lions saw him play ten games in total, missing the tail-end of the season with a quad injury.

• He played the first six rounds before suffering a minor calf strain in round 6 against the Swans, and was subsequently rested and returned again against Geelong in round 8 for a further two games.

• He then returned to the Reserves, where he starred against the Western Magpies with 23 touches in the first half, and although he had a tight tag in the second half, was still amongst the Lions’ best.

• Raines struggled with form and injury throughout the later part of the season and played his last game for the Seniors in round 13.

• Raines finished with 7.5 votes in the Club Champion Award.

• Raines assumed the role as the Lions' first-choice run-with player in 2011 and successfully performed shut-down jobs on some of the competition's highest quality midfielders.  

• He earned his place in the senior team from Round 1 and played in each of the team's first seven matches. But midway through the Round 7 match against Gold Coast, he was severely concussed which forced him to be substituted.

• The concussion kept Raines sidelined for a couple of weeks and he was then required to reclaim his position in the senior side by performing in the NEAFL with the Lions Reserves.

• He was recalled in Round 14 against Fremantle in Subiaco and proved a valuable contributor in each of the Lions' final 10 matches.

• He collected 20 disposals or more in all but two of the last 10 games of the season (including a Lions-best 29 disposals in Round 15 against Port Adelaide).

• He was recalled in Round 14 against Fremantle in Subiaco and proved a valuable contributor in each of the Lions' final 10 matches.

• Raines finished the season with 16 matches over which he averaged 18.4 disposals. He also ranked 12th in the Club Champion voting - just three votes shy of a top ten finish.

• His most productive season with the Lions also saw him selected for the second time in the 2011 Queensland Team of the Year - after being a member of the inaugural Team of the Year back in 2007 while playing with Richmond.



By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 129
    • Kicks 8.6
    • Handballs 8.4
    • Disposals 17.0
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2012
Handballs 19 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2011
Disposals 30 Western Bulldogs Rd 4, 2007
Marks 10 Adelaide Crows Rd 8, 2006
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 St Kilda Rd 16, 2012
Goals 2 Fremantle Rd 11, 2015
AFL Fantasy 95 Fremantle Rd 11, 2007

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL: 101 games, 10 goals


AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination

AFL Rising Star Runner-Up

Club Awards

Richmond Club Champion Runner-Up

Lions Professional Player

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player

Other Awards

International Rules Series (Australia)

Queensland Team of the Year
2007, 2011, 2012, 2013