The Brisbane Lions have added to their growing list of exciting young talent with the Club selecting a promising quartet on night two of the 2023 AFL Draft.
Hybrid-forward pair Logan Morris and Luke Lloyd were followed by defender Zane Zakostelsky and midfielder Reece Torrent in becoming Lions on Tuesday night.
Brisbane Lions National Recruiting Manager Stephen Conole said the Club was pleased with how the Draft finished up.
“We are super excited to welcome Logan, Luke, Zane and Reece to the Brisbane Lions and look forward to seeing them develop,” Conole said.
“All four boys are promising young talents who we believe have bright futures in the game and are quality people who will add to the culture at the Brisbane Lions.”
Morris was the Club’s first selection at pick 31, which the Lions secured after completing a trade with the Gold Coast SUNS on the opening night of the Draft.
Selected from the Western Jets, Morris stands at 191 centimetres and is regarded as a hard-working hybrid forward who also has the ability to play in defence.
The Lions then followed with another hybrid forward as they took the slightly taller 193-centimetre Lloyd with pick 42.
Despite an injury interrupted season which cost him the chance to play for in the Championships with Vic Metro, Lloyd had a solid back end of the year with the Sandringham Dragons and was a key component of their Premiership team.
“Logan is a competitive young man who adds some versatility to our forward group,” Conole said of the Lions first selection.
“He is a terrific contested player, strong mark, presents well and reads the drop of the ball well, and is a forward who can play high or deep.
“While Luke has the ability to impact the game through multiple facets of play and will provide another dimension to our forward half.
“He is strong overhead and has high-end Forward 50 game IQ.”
The Lions finished the night taking Western Australian duo Zakostelsky and Torrent.
Zakostelseky is a raw, powerful athlete who crossed over from basketball to play football with Claremont where his versility was on display as a ruck and forward.
Though he arrives in Brisbane with the Club seeing him as a 196-centimetre key defender.
Torrent will join him on flight from Western Australia to the Queensland capital after the hybrid midfielder rounded out the Lions 2023 AFL Draft.
The former cricketer continued to show improvement this year seeing him go from Peel Thunder to the Western Australian State Squad.
Despite being reasonably new to AFL, Torrent is a 183-centimetre winger that is a player the Lions believe has enormous growth ahead of him.
“Zane is a player with exceptional power and athleticism, so we are very excited about how he can impact games with these traits as a mobile key position player,” the Lions recruiting manager said.
“After progressing across from basketball to football this year, we look forward to seeing how much growth as a player he has as a Brisbane Lion.
“We are also very pleased to add another Western Australian lad to our list in Reece,
“He is a versatile hybrid mid, who has played in a multitude of roles this season for Peel Thunder and with the Western Australian State team.
“He is a competitive lad with a powerful left foot kick who provides us with another mix to our midfield group.”