Brisbane star Lachie Neale signs three-year contract extension with Lions

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Lions star Lachie Neale says an AFL premiership is his target after signing a three-year contract extension with Brisbane.

Having been linked at the end of last season with a return to Western Australia for family reasons, Neale – whose contract was due to expire next year – has instead committed himself to Brisbane’s cause until at least the end of the 2026 season.

“The goal is definitely to hold up a cup in a Lions guernsey,” said Neale, the 2020 Brownlow medallist.

“The boys are really hardworking people who are trying to make themselves better and we’ve struck a really nice balance.

“The team’s will to improve and will to get better is first class and I feel like we’re set for a really sustained, successful period.”

Since Neale joined Brisbane from Fremantle ahead of the 2019 season, the Lions have finished in the top four for three successive seasons but have failed in their premiership bid on each occasion.

They are on target for another top-four finish despite last week’s big loss to premiers Melbourne.

“I’d love to hold up more than one (cup), but I’d happily take one,” he said.

“We’ve come a long way and we have a group that’s ready to go and we’ve had some experience in finals now.”

Lions head of football Danny Daly said 29-year-old Neale’s decision to commit himself long-term to Brisbane was an indication of the club’s “culture”.

“Players like Lachie Neale don’t come around every day, so for him to put pen to paper is a huge moment for the Brisbane Lions and (comes) at a very exciting time for us,” Daly said.

“Since the day Lachie arrived at the club, he has been a fantastic player on the field, capped off with a Brownlow Medal, but he has also been extremely valuable in what he brings to us off the field.”

Originally published as Brisbane star Lachie Neale signs three-year contract extension with Lions

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