The Brisbane Lions are excited to announce fan favourite Oscar McInerney has agreed to a new deal with the Club.
The three-year contract extension ensures McInerney will be a Lion until at least the end of 2024.
The 26-year-old said he was thrilled to commit his future to the Lions.
“I love playing here,’’ he said.
“I’m so grateful to Brisbane for giving me my chance at an AFL club and it is because of the help of my coaches and teammates that I’ve been able to improve enough to get a game.
“Everyone here wants to get better and that creates an environment I’m really comfortable in.
“I am just so happy that I will get to continue coming to work with my mates every day and working together towards our goals.’’
The 204cm, 112kg ruckman is coming off his best season as a Lion finishing fourth in the Club Champion voting and collecting the Players’ Player and the Shaun Hart Trademark Player of the Year awards.
McInerney’s journey to becoming an AFL player is a testament to his determination.
In one-year McInerney went from playing for the Casey Demons VFL development, supporting his dream to play AFL football with a part time job delivering Christmas Trees team, to securing a spot on the Lions’ Rookie list in late 2016.
The following year he won a NEAFL premiership and received the Neville Fallon Award as the Reserves Best and Fairest.
He made his AFL debut in 2018 and by 2019 was an influential member of the side that went on to play the Club’s first finals campaign in a decade.
Lions Senior Coach Chris Fagan said the signing would generate a buzz around the Club.
“This is great news for our footy club,’’ he said.
“Oscar is a very humble guy and he probably doesn’t realise what he means to us, not just as a great footballer and teammate, but also as a person.
“You wouldn’t find a more professional, hardworking player than the Big O and because of that constant drive to improve he has elevated himself to be one of the best ruckmen in the league.
“His teammates love playing with him and they draw inspiration from the way he trains and the standards he sets himself.’’