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Lions re-sign rising trio

08/09/2010 11:29:06 AM Comments (0)

A day after losing Michael Rischitelli, the Brisbane Lions have re-signed future skipper Jed Adcock and rising youngsters Todd Banfield and James Hawksley.

The new deals were announced on Wednesday morning and the club indicated more, likely to include veteran midfielders Simon Black and Luke Power, would be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Although leading midfielder Rischitelli is off to the Gold Coast, Lions talent manager Rob Kerr said re-signing Adcock, 24, Banfield, 20, and Hawksley, 21, was a big step in securing the club's future.

"It's important for the club to shore up its young players," Kerr said in a statement.

"Obviously Jed has been a key component of our side for a number of years now and we see both Todd and James playing a big role at the Lions in the long-term.

"We're also close to finalising details on some other player contracts and look forward to announcing these additional signings in the coming weeks."

While Black and Power are expected to play their careers out at the Gabba, Brisbane appear to have a tougher job to provide improved deals to keep Jared Brennan and Josh Drummond.

Vice-captain Adcock is the youngest member of the Lions' leadership group and captained the side in two of the last three matches in 2010 when Jonathan Brown was sidelined.

The versatile defender-midfielder managed just nine senior games this season due to injuries but managed to play his 100th senior game in the final round against Sydney.

Livewire small forward Banfield was one of only six Lions who played every senior match in 2010 and ranked third on the Club's goal-kicking tally with 27.

Defender Hawksley enjoyed his most consistent season in his 22-match career.

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