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Veteran Johnstone fed to the Lions

Laine Clark 28/10/2010 08:36:44 PM Comments (0)

Travis Johnstone was the big casualty of the Brisbane Lions' disastrous AFL season after the veteran midfielder was a notable omission from the club's 2011 player list on Thursday.

The former No.1 AFL Draft pick's future appears stalled on 209 games after he was cut along with Albert Proud, Troy Selwood and Bart McCulloch.

Rookies Sean Yoshiura and Broc McCauley have been advised they will not be on the rookie list, although the latter has been invited to continue training.

There were high hopes for Johnstone when the Lions sent pick No.14 in the 2007 AFL Draft to Melbourne to acquire him ahead of the 2008 season.

But he struggled for form and fitness, managing just 49 games in three years at the club.

The 30-year-old's AFL career looks to be in limbo along with Proud, despite the latter appearing to have turned his off-field life around in 2010.

Proud took a leave of absence back in May to deal with personal issues, but returned to some of his best form when he played five of the Lions' last six games.

Yet it was still not enough with Proud not offered a contract for 2011.

The Lions' patience ran out after they let a 4-0 season start stumble to a shocking 7-15 record, plummeting to 13th overall.

The Lions' national talent manager Rob Kerr said the club was now looking forward to next month's draft, where they were hoping to be a prominent player.

"Today's announcement allows the club to go to the 2011 NAB AFL Draft with picks five, 25, 27 and 31, and the option of using two compensation picks for the end of round one," Kerr said.

"The nature of footy is that there will always be players coming and going at the end of the season.

"We are looking to 2011 with a new vision for the team and we believe that the changes made will facilitate this."

The Lions go into the November 18 draft on the Gold Coast buoyed by deals in which Jared Brennan joined Michael Rischitelli at 2011 debutants the Suns and Justin Sherman moved to the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions welcomed Rohan Bewick to their senior list, as well as current Lion Claye Beams - brother of Collingwood's Dayne - who has been elevated to the primary list.

Bewick came to the Lions from West Perth through a deal where Brennan moved to the Gold Coast.

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