Brisbane forward Eric Hipwood is in line to become a one-club player, signing on with the Lions until the end of 2029.
The 25-year-old still had one year remaining on his current contract but has now added a further six years to his deal.
Hipwood was taken by the Lions with pick No.14 in the 2015 draft and has gone on to kick 188 goals in 127 games for the club.
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The Melbourne-born player suffered an ACL injury in 2021 but returned last season to great effect, kicking nine goals in the Lion’s three-game finals run.
“I jumped at the opportunity to re-sign,” Hipwood said.
“I have been here since the dark times, so to be able to experience some good times and hopefully some better times coming, it was a pretty easy decision.
“When you listen to some of my idols, in Nick Riewoldt and Jonathan Brown, and what they have spoken about post their careers and how proud they are to be a one-club player, that is something I have always aspired to be, if I had the opportunity.”
After finishing sixth on the ladder last season, the Lions enjoyed a strong finals run, winning their elimination final against Richmond before going on to shock Melbourne the following week.
However, they were defeated by eventual champions Geelong in the preliminary final.
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Brisbane’s general manager of football Danny Daly believes that Hipwood has earned his long-term contract, and will be a key component of the team moving forward.
“Eric deserves this contract extension because he has been instrumental in helping the club get to where it is today,” Daly said.
“The way Eric performed during the finals … [it] is really exciting for the club moving forward and no doubt it has our members and fans excited.”