Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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Lion plan not shelved despite massive backlash

Phil Lutton Brisbane Lions chief executive Greg Swann said the club would continue to investigate the practicalities of having a live lion at home games despite a howl of protest from animal welfare and activist...

Brisbane to make offer to Ryder within days

Paddy Ryder is expected to be offered a four-year contract worth an estimated $2.5 million.

Phil Lutton Brisbane has confirmed it will offer Paddy Ryder a contract within days as the Bomber prepares for a meeting with Essendon club chiefs before Friday.

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Karmichael Hunt ends AFL career, set to join Qld Reds

Karmichael Hunt will have played in elite national competitions for three codes when he makes his Reds debut.

Phil Lutton One of the worst kept secrets in sport has been confirmed with Karmichael Hunt announcing his four-year AFL adventure is at an end.

Jonathan Brown will be remembered as a lion in every sense of the word

Brisbane Lions skipper Jonathan Brown.

Phil Lutton Jonathan Brown never craved fame. When the skinny kid from Warrnambool in country Victoria headed north in 1999, it was the furthest thing from his mind.


Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown retires from AFL football

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03:  Jonathan Brown of the Lions leaves the field injured during the round 19 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the St Kilda Saints at The Gabba on August 3, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton After a storied career spanning 256 games, Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown has retired.


Concussion debate clouds Brown's decision

Jonathan Brown  after suffering another head injury on Saturday.

Phil Lutton A leading sports doctor says conflicting reports about longterm impacts of concussion makes it difficult for players like Jonathan Brown to weigh up their futures after suffering heavy knocks to the...

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Lions new breed impresses but comes up short

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10:  Jonathan Brown of the Lions leads the team off after losing the round eight AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Essendon Bombers at The Gabba on May 10, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has urged fans to hitch their wagon to his young squad after a bold, if ultimately fruitless, showing against Essendon at the Gabba on Saturday


Any win will do for rookie Lions coach Leppitsch

Justin Leppitsch

Phil Lutton Lions coach Justin Leppitsch didn't exactly go out of his way to try and fan the embers of the awkwardly titled QClash to be played at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

Slow progress for Leppitsch's Lions

Lions head coach Justin Leppitsch.

Phil Lutton Justin Leppitsch remembers how AFL football seemed to zoom by in a blur when he first started the game.

Live: Lions v Geelong

Jonathan Brown.

Phil Lutton Live: Lions v Geelong

Tom Rockliff says Brisbane Lions will shake up Hawthorn Hawks in AFL

Brisbane midfielder Tom Rockliff.

Phil Lutton Brisbane may as well be going to Tasmania for some trout fishing and cheese tasting, if oddsmakers and tipsters are to be respected, but Tom Rockliff says the Lions are backing themselves to get...


Lions' Redden never tempted to head home

Lions midfielder Jack Redden in a marking contest

Phil Lutton Jack Redden hails from the town of Keith, in South Australia. But unlike some of his former homesick teammates, the Brisbane Lions midfielder never considered joining the procession out of the Gabba...

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Anything's possible: even in Lions' opener against Hawks

Phil Lutton In the past fortnight, tipping the Brisbane Lions to win the AFL's wooden spoon, or at least have a red-hot crack, seems to be in fashion.


Battle over as Matthews returns

Leigh Matthews.

Phil Lutton Former premiership coach will join Lions board while chairman Angus Johnson leaves.


Leigh Matthews joins Lions board as boardroom battle ends

Leigh Matthews

Phil Lutton Leigh Matthews will take his seat on a new-look Lions board after a marathon meeting at the Gabba which saw chairman Angus Johnson and rival faction leader Paul Williams fall on their swords.

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Key calls loom as new Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch takes over

Newly appointed Lions head coach Justin Leppitsch.

Phil Lutton New Lions coach Justin Leppitsch will spend his first days on the job trying to settle his list for 2014, making a series of key decisions he believes will have a profound influence on Brisbane's...

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Lions group blasts AFL

Phil Lutton Influential Brisbane supporters group The Lions' Roar says it will be a 'slap in the face' to members if the AFL sweeps aside a rival boardroom ticket and fails to give supporters a right to vote on...

Coach in place, but club in turmoil

Brisbane Lions logo

Phil Lutton Brisbane Lions a club divided after AFL intervention fails to mend damaging boardroom rift.

Lions a club in turmoil as they make Leppitsch leap

Justin Leppitsch.

Phil Lutton The factional warlords may have downed weapons long enough to sign off on a new coach but the Brisbane Lions remains a club divided after AFL intervention failed to mend the damaging boardroom rift.

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AFL steps in to fix infighting at Lions

Brisbane lions logo.

Phil Lutton The AFL has stepped in to try and fix the mess that is the Brisbane Lions board, scheduling a mediation meeting between the warring parties in Melbourne next week.

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