McCarthy continued to prove his worth in 2021, in one of his most damaging years to date.
The crafty forward earned himself the Shaun Hart Trademark Player of the Year, his first award in Lions colours and a justified reward following his elevation to the leadership group at the start of the season.
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At 28, McCarthy is ageing like a fine wine, having a career-year in front of goals, snagging 36 majors.
Impressively, he kicked a bag of four twice this season and averaged 1.5 goals a game, ranking above-average according to Champion Data.
He also won Lions fans over with his aerial ability, including an impressive hanger against the Gold Coast in Round 9.
One of his better performances came in the second QClash in Round 20 however, where the former Cat played a pivotal role in overcoming an energetic Suns side.
His 55-metre bomb of a drop punt in the third quarter seemed to be the catalyst the Lions needed to run away with a 49-point win.
McCarthy is contracted until 2024.
Standout Performance: Linc Thrives in Home State
It seems there were plenty of impressive performances from Lions players in Round 16.
Having flown in the morning of the game and spent 4 hours isolating in the Adelaide Oval cricket nets, Brisbane had a point to prove against the Crows.
In the face of adversity, Lincoln McCarthy led from the front in a dominant performance up forward.
The South Australian kicked four goals straight to steer his team toward their dominant 52-point win.
He also collected 16 disposals and took 6 marks as he continued his consistent form.
Disposals - 12.8 (Above-Average)
Kicks - 7.6
Marks - 3.2
Tackles - 3.3 (Above-Average)
Goals - 1.5 (Above-Average)