The Brisbane Lions are excited to confirm Will Ashcroft has formally agreed to join the Club as a father-son selection at this year’s AFL national draft.
Son of legendary Lion; triple premiership and 318-game player Marcus Ashcroft, who’s name became forever etched in AFL history when he became the first Queenslander to notch 300 games, Will informed the Club of his decision on Thursday.
Ashcroft said he was feeling a mix of excitement and relief after informing the Lions of his decision.
“I can’t wait to join the Club and start earning the respect of all the players and coaching staff,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to do some work with the midfielders last pre-season and I am really looking forward to learning from them and hopefully breaking into that group and seeing what we can become.
“To be following after dad is a privilege and if I can achieve half of what he did then I would be happy. I am also looking forward to forging my own name.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to Leon Harris (Lions recruiter) he has done heaps of work over the years to support me. And also a huge thanks to my parents and brother and sister for all they have done.”
Lions General Manager of Football, Danny Daly, said the Club was thrilled to officially announce Will’s decision.
“Will is one of the most talented young players in the country and to have him choose the Brisbane Lions to start his AFL career is a huge moment for all involved,” Daly said.
“He has impressed at every level he has played at this year, and like our members, we cannot wait for him to pull on a Brisbane Lions jumper.
“Obviously his father Marcus is a legend of our Club and it’s exciting to see him follow in those footsteps while also making a name for himself.
“We look forward to welcoming Will, Marcus, Bekky, Levi and Lucy to the Brisbane Lions Family.”