AFL: Zac Bailey extends his Brisbane Lions contract

Star Brisbane forward Zac Bailey is targeting a premiership after extending his stay at the Lions by a further two years.

Bailey, 23, will now remain at the Lions at least until the end of 2026 following the extension of a deal that already had him tied to the club for the next two seasons.

“I’ve absolutely loved my first five years at the club and really feel at home here,” said Bailey who was chosen by the Lions at number 15 in the 2017 national draft.

“Personally, I just want to continue to build on what I have done over the last five years.

“I feel as a player I’ve come a long way, but I also feel as if I’ve still got a lot of improvement left in me.

“From a team perspective the goal is to hopefully make it to the grand final. I think after the way we finished last year; the group is hungrier than ever to achieve success.

“I think that the squad we have right now is a really exciting one and I’m excited to see what we are able to achieve as a group over the next few years.”

Bailey kicked a career-best 37 goals last season, with six of them coming in a performance against the Gold Coast Suns that earnt him the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for a best-on-ground performance.

Lions general manager of football Danny Daly said Bailey had become an “important part of our football program”.

“Zac has really taken his game to a new level in the past two seasons,” Daly said.

“Since arriving at the club he has continued to improve his own game each year, and as a result that has helped the team with continued improvement and success.

“This contract extension is a great reward for the hard work put in by Zac and we are all thrilled to know he will be a Brisbane Lion for the next four seasons.”

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