Exciting Brisbane Lions defender James ‘Jimmy’ Madden has committed to the Brisbane Lions by inking a new deal which will see him at the Club until at least the end of 2023.

The Irish product joined the Lions in 2019 as a Category B Rookie after being scouted by the Lions recruiting team in Ireland and has gone on to pay dividends breaking into the Lions’ back six.

Madden broke through for his AFL debut during the 2021 season and showed in his 9 senior appearances he has a bright future in the game.

He made a huge impression with his extreme pace adding a new element to the Lions defence.

He even earned praise from Lions Legend Leigh Matthews after a breakout performance in the 28-point victory over Richmond at the Gabba in Rd 10.

The Lions three-peat premiership coach left Madden lost for words when he offered him some words of encouragement in the rooms after the game.

“He said 'well done, James, you'll play a lot of games of AFL'," Madden recounted.

"It didn't really hit me until the next day when I thought about what he said.

"To come from someone like that it was pretty special.’’

His season’s best outing was a 16-possession effort against GWS while he also had strong games against St Kilda and North Melbourne.

Brisbane Lions GM Football, Danny Daly, said: “Jimmy has become an integral member of the team and we’re thrilled to have him extend his time at the Club.

“Jimmy gets his job done week in, week out, with very little fuss, and he is the absolute epitome of a team player.”