RAVAGED by damage over the previous three years, all Grant Birchall desires from his transfer to Brisbane is to revive his AFL profession.
The four-time premiership participant joined the Lions as an unrestricted free agent in October’s Telstra AFL Trade Period after 248 video games for the Hawks.
It means Birchall has reunited with Lions coach Chris Fagan in addition to former Hawks teammate Luke Hodge, who has moved into a training function at Brisbane after a profitable two-season stint as a participant on the Gabba.
While the 31-year-old’s premiership-winning expertise attracts comparisons with Hodge and the management function he performed in a younger Lions setup, Birchall says his transfer is extra about his personal future.
Brisbane have a very good observe report of getting their gamers out on the park – Grant Birchall
“I’ll help along the way with leadership but my priority is playing and I will let my actions do the talking,” Birchall mentioned on RSN927 on Wednesday.
“The past three years I have really struggled with injury and there have been challenges along the way.
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“It has been an actual grind being in rehab and I believed a contemporary, new surroundings would do me the world of excellent. And Brisbane have a very good observe report of getting their gamers out on the park.”
Grant Birchall training with the Lions. Picture: Getty Images
Birchall played in the Hawks’ 2008 and 2013-15 premierships but has been ravaged by injuries, managing just eight games in the past three seasons.
The Lions have done well turning around the fortunes of recruits with previously chequered injury records.
Ex-Geelong small forward Lincoln McCarthy joined the Lions after playing 29 games in seven injury-plagued seasons at the Cats.
He went on to make 24 appearances for the Lions in 2019 including the club’s first finals matches in a decade.
“I really feel that with a full pre-season with Brisbane I’m assured that I’ll get my body right and find a way to get out on the park and make a contribution,” Birchall mentioned.