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Ruck & Midfield Coach: Ben Hudson

At a Glance

AFL Playing Career
55 games (2004 - 2007)

Western Bulldogs
88 games (2008 - 2011)

Brisbane Lions
18 games (2012)

7 games (2013 - 2014)

AFL Coaching Career
Brisbane Lions
Defensive Skills & Ruck/Forwards Coach (2015)

Brisbane Lions
AFL Ruck/Forwards Coach (2015 - 2017)

Brisbane Lions
AFL Ruck/Midfield Coach (2017 - Current)


Journeyman Ben Hudson played 168 senior AFL games with four clubs – Adelaide, the Western Bulldogs, Brisbane Lions, and Collingwood – before returning to Queensland at the end of 2014 to commence a coaching career. 

Hudson, who spent a season on the Lions’ playing list in 2012, re-joined the Club as its Defensive Skills & Ruck / Forwards Coach. 

A hugely competitive ruckman originally recruited from local club Mt Gravatt, Hudson proved a popular figure throughout his playing days, and in his final years had already begun planning his transition to the coaching ranks. 

During his time as a rookie with the Magpies, he was also tasked with the responsibility of fast-tracking the development of Collingwood’s young ruck stocks.

Hudson is now an important part of the Lions’ Coaching Team – a role that sees him work closely with former Bulldogs teammate Mitch Hahn.

Hudson is the Club’s Rucks and Midfield Assistant Coach.