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Lions delist five

The Lions have informed Michael Close, Claye Beams, Cian Hanley, Reuben William and Matthew Hammelmann that they will not be offered a playing contract in 2018.

4:05pm  Oct 26, 2017

Player Reviews: #32 and 33

Read the players reviews for Mayes and Close.

1:04pm  Oct 13, 2017

Closey's optimism

After enduring a difficult past couple of seasons, Michael Close is optimistic about the year ahead.

5:56pm  Jan 9, 2017

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Michael Close at Domain Stadium

7:22pm  Jul 29, 2017

Post-Match: Michael Close

5:44pm  Aug 13, 2016

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197 cm
98 kg

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: North Ballarat Rebels
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 2014
Recruited from: North Ballarat Rebels
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Michael Close is an aggressive tall forward with elite running capability, who was drafted to the Lions as a long-term project player at the end of 2012. As is the case for most young key position prospects, he will be given time to hopefully develop into someone who can hold down a forward role.



• Close who grew up in the tiny western Victorian town of Harrow, and although he didn't have a favourite team or player when he was growing up, he always wanted to emulate Jonathan Brown. 

• He boarded at Monivae College in Hamilton from Year Nine, before shifting to St Pat's in Ballarat to complete his secondary schooling and be part of the North Ballarat Rebels program in the TAC Cup.

• The Rebels finished minor premiers in the TAC Cup, but were beaten beaten by Oakleigh in the preliminary final. Close's best performance came against Tasmania, when he collected 18 disposals, took five marks, had 22 hitouts, and kicked two goals. He also kicked a season-best five goals against the Eastern Ranges. He also represented VIC Country at the U18 National Championships.

• The Brisbane Lions ended up taking the big-framed youngster with Pick No.32 at the 2012 AFL National Draft, with a view of him being a long-term prospect up forward. 

• At the time of him being drafted, National Talent Manager Rob Kerr said: "There are a few rough edges we'll try to knock off him over the next few years, but the thing in Michael's favour is that he's very competitive and that was the thing that probably stood out for us. He's going to be a project player. We need to find players who can hold down forward roles for us."

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Michael Close played a total of two games for the Lions in 2016 after recovering from a Season ending ACL injury in 2015.

• He was quiet in his first game, but in his second game against Carlton, he showed what we can expect from him in the future, as he finished with five marks and four goals against the Blues.

Season By Season

• Michael Close’s third season was cut short in Round Two when he injured his ACL in the Lions’ loss to the Kangaroos.

• Close’s absence in Brisbane’s forward line exposed the Club’s vulnerabilities, as the Lions were without another key forward option to make an impact on the scoreboard.

• The Ballarat product underwent knee surgery in mid-April and has made steady progress since – having his running load increased prior to the end of season break.

Season by Season

• In his second pre-season, Close maintained his status as one of the best runners at the Club finishing second in the 2km time trial.  

• Close made his AFL debut in Round 1 against Hawthorn and played a total of 14 games in 2014. 

• His best performance was in the Round 15 clash against North Melbourne where he had 15 possessions and kicked one goal.  

• Close showed great promise in 2014 and in April extended his Contract at the Lions for a further 3 years.  

• In just his second season Michael Close showed the drive, determination and commitment to be awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Most Professional Player Award at the 2014 Club Champion Presentation Evening. He is the youngest ever recipient of this honor.

Season by Season

• Michael Close proved one of the standouts on the training track during his first pre-season, with impressive results in the Lions' time trials. 

• However, a foot injury would ultimately keep him on the sidelines for the opening seven weeks of the season. 

• He finally made his first appearance in the maroon, blue and gold with the Lions Reserves in Round 8 and proceeded to play out the remainder of the season in the NEAFL.

• Close played largely as a key forward, but was also trialled down back on occasion while he learned his trade, and played a key role in the Lions' NEAFL premiership triumph. 

• Although the youngster never had the chance to play a senior match in his debut season, the Club was thrilled with how far he'd come by the end of his first year.


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 27
    • Kicks 4.6
    • Handballs 2.6
    • Disposals 7.2
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 1.3
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 43.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 North Melbourne Rd 23, 2017
Handballs 8 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2014
Disposals 15 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2014
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 23, 2017
Hit-outs 6 GWS Giants Rd 13, 2014
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 14, 2014
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 21, 2016
AFL Fantasy 84 Carlton Rd 21, 2016

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

Victoria Country Representative