There’s a buzz about the Lions’ den with the Aspley Hornets' Charlotte Mullins headed to the Lions at Pick 70 in Wednesday evening’s 2022 NAB AFLW Draft.

The 15th Lions Academy player to join the squad, Mullins is a versatile midfielder with plenty of upside.

The 17-year-old has showcased her high football IQ and class with ball in hand across a range of roles for the Hornets this QAFLW season.

A home-grown Queensland talent, Mullins joins fellow draftee Ella Smith as the next generation of AFLW talent to be drafted out of the Aspley Football Club as the game continues to grow across South East Queensland.

Head Coach Craig Starcevich believes the Mullins’ style and work ethic will complement that of the current squad.

“Charlie is small midfielder/forward who is a clean ball winner and precise user by foot,” Starcevich said.

“She shows great courage and toughness in and around the contest and applies plenty of defensive pressure.

“Whilst she’s happy to get inside 50 to assist with scoring, what has really grabbed our attention is her willingness to get back into the defensive 50 to help her team win the ball back. That type of work ethic fits nicely with our game style.”