The Brisbane Lions are excited to announce the signing of midfielder-forward Caitlin Wendland from SANFLW club Central Districts.

The 19-year-old is known as a consistent tackler across half forward and through the middle, with an impressive ability to play off instinct, possessing a deft touch with footy in hand.

Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich said he can see a lot of development in Wendland and is looking forward to having her on board.

“We are excited to add Caitlin Wendland to our group,” he said.

“She is a clean left footer but the bit that we really liked was the balance between offence and defence.

“It’s been whirlwind journey for her but we are excited to welcome her with open arms.

“We can’t wait to see her get to work and see what she can bring to our group.”

Wendland was a key member of Central District’s premiership side earlier this year, standing out with a 21-tackle game and named in the best players.

A triplet, Wendland and her sisters grew up playing state representative cricket before she moved to QLD after the recent the 2023 SANFLW season, to continue developing her footy and has since played three games for the Southport Sharks QAFLW side.

A high-level junior cricketer who only took up football two years ago, Wendland showed up at Central Districts with her other two sisters at an open training session.

Wendland played primarily as a small forward in 2022, spending more time in the midfield in 2023, bringing tackle pressure and burst from stoppage.