It is a bold move to bring a 31-year-old with a history of back issues into your club and hope he can be the difference between making up the finals numbers and winning a flag. Some may term it desperate, but others may say it is taking the best available player to fill a need. That is where we find the Brisbane Lions heading into the 2023 AFL season.
Their acquisition of Jack Gunston during the 2022 Trade Period left no doubt as to the immediate goal of the Lions and the timeline they believe they’re on. This is no longer a team building. After four finals series, including three top-four finishes, this team is on the cusp of greatness. However, when push has come to shove, the Lions have been unable to get past that penultimate hurdle, falling over in the Preliminary Final in both 2020 and 2022, as well as failing earlier in the finals in both 2019, and 2021.
After losing Daniel McStay to Collingwood, Brisbane were well aware that a restructure of their forward half was in order, and bringing Gunston into the fray is just the thing to shake it up.
Or it should be. That may just depend on which version of Gunston they receive.
Uh oh… standalone content for our Lions members…. because I like them. Actually, I don’t mind all of you, this one just happens to be for them, though. And maybe you as well, if you like Jack Gunston. Want to join us?