Brisbane Lions Prepare for Boost with Anticipated Arrival of Ace Intercepter Tom Doedee in 2024

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Anticipating a powerful boost to their defense line in 2024, the Brisbane grand final runner-up eagerly awaits to welcome onboard Tom Doedee, the formidable intercepter from Adelaide, who has expressed his intent to join their ranks as a free agent.

At age 26, Doedee openly expressed his preference to join the Lions, sharing with his current team, Adelaide, his desire to utilize his rights as a restricted free agent. Being a restricted player, the Adelaide Crows retain the freedom to match any competing offers to preserve their vice-captain in-house once the free agency window launches on the coming Friday—an option they did not dismiss.

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A club announcement made clear their intent to seek the most beneficial conclusion for the future of their esteemed vice-captain. Even with the liberty to equal any counter offer for Doedee, a decision that the Crows could consider once the AFL’s free agency period lifts its veil on October 6.

Justin Reid, Crows General Manager for list management and strategy, did confirm that in order to facilitate the most favorable outcome, the club would evaluate all potential options over the free agency negotiation period.

The Victorian native, Doedee, bears an impressive sporting résumé with a roster of 82 games to his name since being drafted in the first round in 2015. His induction to the Lions’ squad would superbly refortify Brisbane’s key defensive strategy after the retirement of Marcus Adams due to concussion-related health issues.

In the past season, Brisbane gambled on a lofty defensive trio composed of co-captain Harris Andrews, Jack Payne, and Ryan Lester, as their trusted veteran, Darcy Gardiner navigated his way through an untimely injury that marred his seasonal kickoff. Despite enduring his own ankle affliction, Gardiner did manage a return to play four premier games, including the grand final and has two more years left on his contract.

Their potential new colleague may predictably face a delayed season-start with the Lions, owing to a ruptured ACL he sustained in a round 12 fixture against Gold Coast.

Despite grappling with continuity over his eight-season career, Doedee demonstrated commendable resilience, featuring in 41 games over 2021-2022, and marked his name fifth in the interception possessions across the league in 2021.

An unexpected turn of events narrowed his captaincy aspirations when Adelaide opted to delegate the lead to second-year recruit Jordan Dawson. The move was set forth when Rory Sloane stepped down and despite previously deputizing for Sloane during his 27th game when the enduring captain was sidelined due to an injury in 2020.