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Maguire tips Fevola to boost Brisbane

27/11/2009 06:34:03 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane recruit Matt Maguire knows what it means to be given a second chance in the AFL, which is why he's tipping big things from ex-Blue Brendan Fevola in 2010.

Maguire, a 99-game defender with St Kilda, didn't crack it for a senior game with the Saints in 2009.

After pre-season training with the Blues, he was drafted at pick No.91 by the Lions.

Fevola, Carlton's champion goalkicker who was traded following his drunken antics at the Brownlow Medal, will give the Lions a massive boost in 2010 according to Maguire.

"Any team who can gain a Coleman Medallist, he's going to add a different dimension," Maguire told AAP on Friday.

"Plus (ex-Sydney forward) Amon Buchanan, who is a handy goalsneak.

"The Fev package is an exciting one.

"He's a great player. You'd much prefer to be playing with him than against him."

Maguire says he puts Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown in the same category; better to have the big man on your side.

"We've seen Browny's ability as a player and as a leader in the past nine years or so," said Maguire, who was taken by Brisbane in the final selection in Thursday's national draft.

"Having played on him a few times, he's a fantastic player and a great guy."

After suffering a broken leg in 2006, Maguire has played only 14 AFL games in the past three years and spent the 2009 season in the VFL.

But the 25-year-old feels rejuvenated after recently having a titanium rod removed from his left leg.

"I feel like there's a lot more range and less irritation and more freedom through the muscles and the ankle joint," Maguire said.

"That will really improve my jumping and landing.

"Everyone's goal is to play at the best of their ability," the key defender added.

"My best at one stage was up to AFL standard but it's all about being part of a good side.

"The goal for Brisbane will be to improve on last season.

"If that means making a preliminary final ... improving in all areas."

Maguire watched the draft on TV with another former Saint Luke Ball, marking the end of a era for the pair.

"It was nice to see Luke went to his preferred destination (Collingwood) and I was rapt to go to Brisbane," the South Warrnambool product said.

"We had a great time at St Kilda but we've both moved on."

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