Brisbane Lions AFLW senior coach, Craig Starcevich, has committed to the Club for a further two seasons in an exciting announcement on the eve of the 2023 AFLW Finals Series.

Fresh off celebrating Starcevich’s history-making 75th AFLW game as senior coach, the Club has backed the 2021 AFLW Premiership winning coach to guide the Lions to further success.

Starcevich has put pen to paper as his team prepares for Saturday’s qualifying final against Adelaide, which will be his 7th finals series in eight seasons at the helm.

“I feel very privileged to have coached our team for the last eight seasons and to appreciate the opportunity from the club for another two seasons,” Starcevich said.

“AFLW has come a long way in the last seven years and to see the growth of the game has been exciting. There are many opportunities ahead of us and I’m grateful to be able to be part of that in whatever way.

“I feel our footy club in general, is in a very strong position at the moment.

“Our playing group has changed over the years, but we’ve been lucky to coach an amazing group this season and we’re excited to see how far we can take it in this finals series.”

Lions Head of Women’s football, Breeanna Brock, who has been by Starcevich’s side since the competition’s inception, spoke on how much he has done for the game.

“Craig has been a pioneer of women’s football long before the AFLW competition, particularly here in Queensland,” she said.

“He’s played a pivotal role in the continued development of our talent here in Queensland and he is big reason why our group continues to have success each year at AFLW level.

“He’s builds great relationships with staff and players alike. I know our playing group love playing for him each week and will be very excited to continue to run out for Craig over the next two years. It’s incredible that every year he just keeps getting the best out of them.”