The Brisbane Lions would like to wish Alex Witherden all the best for the next chapter of his AFL career at the West Coast Eagles.

The Lions have struck a deal to trade the skillful defender after he saw a greater opportunity for more senior football with the Eagles.

Witherden and draft pick 86 will head West in exchange for pick 58 and the Eagles’ future round three selection.

Witherden played 59 senior games for the Lions since joining the club with pick 23 in the 2016 AFL draft.

He was a regular in his second and third seasons under coach Chris Fagan but was only able to manage six games in 2020 as the Club advanced to its first preliminary Final since 2004.

The Lions saw an ongoing role for the popular 22-year-old, who had two years remaining on his contract, however in an environment of reducing list sizes, the Club understands his desire for more senior action.

List Manager Dom Ambrogio said Witherden had made his mark on the Lions during his four years at the Club.

“Alex was a two time Rising Star nominee & finished 10th in 2018 Best & Fairest with the Lions,’’ he said.

“He has been a popular member of the squad throughout his time at Brisbane and we wish him all the best for his journey ahead and the new opportunity that awaits him at the West Coast Eagles.’’