Strong return earns Lion new deal
LION Allen Christensen's solid return from long-term injury has been rewarded with a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
The 27-year-old entered this season hoping to re-establish himself in the AFL side after the past two years were wiped out because of multiple collarbone injuries.
During his time on the sidelines he worked in indigenous welfare programs for the club and also on the coaching panel for Brisbane's NEAFL side.
His attitude throughout the long injury earned the respect of his teammates and he was elevated to the leadership group at the start of this season.
However, he still needed solid on-field form to prolong his career and in playing every game so far this season he has shown enough to earn a one-year extension.
"I'm very excited to sign on for another stay at the club, I've really enjoyed my time here," he said.
"I've obviously had my ups and downs through injury but to be back out there again, I'm loving it.
"The coaches and all the people around me have been really supportive so I'm excited to keep building on my form.
"To be part of this leadership group is a privilege and I'm looking forward to taking this club into the direction it wants to go in."
The 2011 Geelong premiership player came to the Lions in the 2014 trade period and played his 100th game against Melbourne in Round 2.
Football manager David Noble said Christensen had shown great resilience to twice fight back from serious shoulder injuries and was returning to some solid form.
He said the midfielder-small forward had made a strong off-field contribution during his time on the sidelines and had been a great addition to the leadership group.
"It is great to have Allen extend his contract as he has worked hard to overcome his shoulder issues in his return to our team," he said.
''He is also a strong presence in our leadership group and we look forward to his ongoing contribution with us.''
The Lions take on a resurgent GWS at the Gabba on Saturday.