Hugh McCluggage at Brisbane Lions training.
Hugh McCluggage at Brisbane Lions training.

Lions coup as McCluggage commits

BRISBANE'S days of losing young stars could be over with Hugh McCluggage signing a three-year contract extension.

The 2016 No.3 draft pick committed his immediate future to the Lions, saying he was excited by the club's future.

After years of losing quality young players including Sam Docherty and Elliot Yeo, the Lions have now locked away a host of top talent including Eric Hipwood, Jarrod Berry, Harris Andrews and Ben Keays.

McCluggage enjoyed a solid debut season, playing 18 games and averaging 15 disposals and two tackles a game.

The 19-year-old said he liked where the club was heading.

"I'm really excited to stay here for another three years and see what we can do," he told the club website.

Hugh McCluggage battles Blake Acres for the ball.
Hugh McCluggage battles Blake Acres for the ball.

"I like where the club is heading and the direction we are heading in," he said.

"It's pretty exciting your first year, you run on a bit of adrenaline," he said.

Berry - a close friend of McCluggage - and Hipwood recommitted in May, both signing until the end of 2020.

Lions coach Chris Fagan was rapt the young gun was prepared to commit his future to the club.

"I think it's great news that Hugh's agreed to sign on for another three years," he said.

"He made a fantastic start to his career last year, playing a lot of senior footy. There's a lot more of that ahead for him.

"He looks a lot stronger and fitter than he was last year and for him to show that amount of faith in the club, says a lot about where we are going to and where he thinks we're headed.

"He, along with a lot of the other young men, are really excited about our prospects. They're here for the long haul."