After injury, including a ruptured ACL, dogged his first two years at the club, Connor McFadyen showed Lions fans a glimpse of his enormous potential in eight VFL games last season.

McFadyen can play as an overhead marking third tall forward or even push into the midfield with his stronger frame and power around the contest.

Now with some continuity behind him, the 20-year-old could be close to forcing his way into the Lions’ powerful team.


McFadyen was rewarded with a contract extension this year, seeing him at the club until at least the end of 2022.

Brisbane Lions List Manager Dom Ambrogio said he is looking forward to seeing what Connor can do.

“Connor has really impressed us with his fantastic attitude and the positive outlook he’s brought to his ACL recovery.


“He’s never complained, he’s just done the hard work and reaped the rewards of that this year with some really good, consistent footy in the VFL.

“When you consider that he’s still only 20 years old, CJ has a really good opportunity in front of him to work on his growth areas and have a good run at the next pre-season to start knocking on the door of some senior footy.”

The other Lions yet to debut include Blake Coleman, Kalin Lane, Carter Michael, Ely Smith, Henry Smith and Deividas Uosis.