Five Lions will return to the den alongside four new recruits as the Brisbane Lions VFL list starts to take shape for the 2022 VFL season.

After impressing in the 2021 NAB AFL Draft Combine, Lions Academy Product Toby Triffett will be back in the maroon, blue and gold this season.

Despite the uncertainty of the 2021 VFL season, Triffett put together a good body of work to finish 7th overall in the Neville Fallon Brisbane Lions Reserves Best and Fairest.

The young player will be looking to step up in 2022 as he puts an enhanced focus on his football in a bid to take his game to the next level.

After a solid 2021, Bruce Reville will return for his third year with the Lions. His standout effort against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 5 with five goals shows what he is capable of, and with another year locked away, he is only set to develop as a player.

The Sunshine Coast’s Charle Bowes will continue for another season at the Lions after the Academy product showed plenty of growth and versatility in 2021.

After missing the majority of the 2021 pre-season through injury, Tahj Abberley will look to build into a strong 2022 season, returning for his second year of VFL football at the Lions.

Harry Arnold has signed on for another season at the Lions after a tough 2021 that saw him battle illness and injury.

With just a handful of VFL games under his belt and a 2021 QAFL flag with Broadbeach, the Gold Coast local will bring a renewed focus to his football after relocated to be closer to the Gabba.

Two-time QAFL Team of the Year member Nathan Colenso will find a new home at the den in 2022, signing a one-year contract to the Lions’ VFL List.

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The big-bodied Morningside product arrives at the den off the back of another strong QAFL season that saw his side make Finals once again.

Will Fletcher will be another new face around the den in 2022 as he signs a one-year contract at the Lions.

A two-time Best and Fairest winner at Sherwood Football Club, the Academy product joins Lions seeking an opportunity to take his football to the next level.

Jackson Hille will relocate to the Sunshine State from Melbourne, with the former Sandringham Dragons player signing with the Lions in a bid to elevate his football.

While Riley Green joins the den in pursuit of new opportunities after a tough 2021 that saw the young gun unable to break through into the highly competitive Southport Sharks VFL side.

VFL Head Coach Mitch Hahn said that it’s an exciting prospect to be able to bring in such strong and experienced Queensland talent to the VFL side.

“We’re really excited to bring in some strong and experienced local Queensland talent this season,” Hahn said.

“It’s great to have Toby, Bruce, Charle, Harry and Tahj all return for another season. They’re already very familiar with the program and we’ll be looking to lean on their knowledge of the program and the way we operate heading into the 2022 season.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Nathan, Jackson, Riley and Luke to the Club. They’ve all had great 2021 seasons and we’re really excited to see what they can bring to the table for us.”

“We’re also still hoping that there’ll be some opportunity for some of our Under 18 and 19 year old Academy players to get some good VFL football in, as well as a few more signing post-Christmas with players who will help strengthen our list further.”