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Lions delist five

Five players have today been delisted by the Lions.

12:30pm  Sep 6, 2018

Paparone's game day gallery

Marco Paparone was our game day snapper on the weekend. Check out his shots!

9:20am  Aug 28, 2018

Paparone sidelined

Brisbane Lions utility Marco Paparone will be sidelined for the remainder of the pre-season after undergoing surgery yesterday.

3:48pm  Jan 31, 2018

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Paparone Re-signs

8:45am  Jan 30, 2016

Press Conference: Marco Paparone

1:50pm  Jun 1, 2015

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195 cm
91 kg

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: East Fremantle
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 4 2013
Recruited from: East Fremantle
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Marco Paparone is a tall forward with elite endurance who arrived at the Lions from Western Australia via the 2012 AFL National Draft. At 194cm, he covers plenty of ground and is more of a running 'hit-up' forward than your typical 'power' key forward.


• Marco Paprone represented Western Australia in the 2012 U18 Championships, earning All Australian honours, and kicked 45 goals with the East Fremantle Colts in the WAFL competition.  

• Paparone was renowned for having elite endurance and being strong overhead, with West Australian Talent Manager Raff Guadagnino labelling him as the "sleeping giant" of the 2012 Draft.

• He was eventually taken by the Brisbane Lions with the Club’s second selection, Pick No.23 overall, at the 2012 National Draft.

• At the time of his drafting, Lions National Talent Manager Rob Kerr said: "He'll be a really good connector for us - connect the backline to the forward line. He's a young boy with lots of development. We think he's a boy with a lot of potential."

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Rebounding defender Marco Paparone was restricted by injury in 2017, playing just six Senior matches. 

• Paparone's 50th Senior match saw him grab 28 disposals against the Swans and created plenty of attacking chances with his run out of defence. 


• After five more Senior matches, Paparone was moved back to the NEAFL where he was a vital member of the Lions 10-match winning streak.




Season by Season

Season by Season

• Marco Paparone’s season was cut short by a persistent hamstring injury.

• His best game came in Round 13 where he had 18 disposals, 6 marks and four tackles.



Season By Season

• Sharing his time between key position and running-half-back, Paparone made a strong impression in 2015, where he functioned effectively (on account of his elite speed) as a link between defensive 50 and the midfield.

• The 20-year-old’s best game in 2015 was in Round 10 against GWS, where he finished with 25 disposals and 11 marks.

• This good form continued throughout much of the season, where he led the Lions’ rebound 50s (79), his disposal average climbed to 18.9 and his marks per game averaged 6.4.

• While there is still room for improvement for Paparone (he is occasionally caught out of possession and beaten in one-on-one contests against bigger-bodied opponents) the Lions are confident that, with experience, he will develop into one of the Club’s best defenders.

Season by Season

• Paparone resigned to the Lions for a further 2 years after his exceptional efforts in the 2013 season. Paparone was called up earlier than expected and played some fantastic football.  

• Paparone thoroughly enjoyed his second season with the club and felt he had grown as a player. He adapted and gained confidence when it came to taking on bigger bodies. Paparone kept up with the speed of senior level footy and said he wasn’t ready to leave anytime soon. 

• He finished the season with 18 senior matches, taking his overall tally to 23, and averaged an outstanding total of 245 disposals.

• Paparone proved a standout on the track in his first ever AFL pre-season, regularly setting the pace in the team's time trials.  

• After getting a taste of senior action during the NAB Cup, he began his apprenticeship with the Lions Reserves in the opening few rounds of the NEAFL season. 

• He received a senior call-up earlier than expected in Round 4 against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium - and was the team's leading goal-scorer with three on debut (despite starting as the substitute). 

• He went on to play a total of five senior games, kicking five goals, but spent the bulk of his first season with the Lions Reserves and was part of the side that went on to claim a second consecutive NEAFL premiership.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 55
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 15.8
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 63.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Sydney Swans Rd 7, 2017
Handballs 12 Carlton Rd 20, 2015
Disposals 29 Essendon Rd 8, 2014
Marks 11 Melbourne Rd 16, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2014
Goals 3 North Melbourne Rd 4, 2013
AFL Fantasy 110 Melbourne Rd 16, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player

Other Awards

West Australian U18 Representative

West Australian U18 Best and Fairest

East Fremantle Most Dedicated Player


Milestone Matches

50 Games
Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions
Round 7, 2017 @ SCG