The Brisbane Lions are celebrating after Hugh McCluggage signed a three-year contract extension.
The Brisbane Lions have secured the services of emerging star Hugh McCluggage until the end of 2024.
McCluggage, who was third pick in the 2016 national draft, was in the Lions’ top-three players last year in the Merrett-Murray Medal count and was again selected in the preliminary All-Australian squad.
“I was and will always remain humbled and honoured to get a chance to do something I love for a living and I’m thrilled have signed an extension (for three years) with the Lions,” said the 22-year-old midfielder, who played in the TAC Cup for the North Ballarat Rebels.
“I love my teammates. We are a brotherhood and we also have an incredible bond with the coaches and support staff who work tirelessly to give us the chance to be the best we can be.
“And to me a football club also means the staff, members and fans and everyone’s family and friends.
“When you come from another state to play football these people all help to make you feel at home.’’
Lions football manager Danny Daly said McCluggage had grown into a “very good footballer” and a “terrific young man”.
“This has been rewarded with his inclusion in our leadership group,” Daly said.
“He typifies the culture we have built in the last four years and this extension is a great reward for him and his family, who have played a big part in his journey.
“We look forward to Hugh continuing to play a big part in our continued success.”
McCluggage wants the success to include a premiership after last season’s effort of making the preliminary final, and finishing second on the ladder for the past two years.
“We’ve had a couple of good seasons but none of us are satisfied, everyone wants to work hard to get better,’’ he said.
“I love coming to work every day because I see everyone shares the same commitment.’’