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New deal at Brisbane for McGrath

Sportal September 28, 2012, 9:40 am
Ash McGrath

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Brisbane veteran Ash McGrath looks likely to end his career a one-club player after signing a new two-year deal with the Lions.

The 29-year-old could have explored his options under free agency but has instead opted to re-sign with Brisbane, where he played in a premiership in 2003.

The Western Australian, who has played 188 games for the Lions since being taken with pick 13 in the 2000 national draft, said he was happy to stay with the club that gave him his chance.

"In the end, it was an easy decision to make," McGrath said.

"The club has built such a great culture, and with the young talent that we have been able to expose to senior footy over the last two years, it's an exciting time to be at the club."

McGrath's season was ended by a serious hamstring injury suffered against Melbourne in Round 14, but he said he is looking forward to regaining fitness over the pre-season.

"Getting injured when I did was disappointing, especially with how the boys' finished off the season, but I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running come pre-season," he said.

Brisbane's general manager of football operations Dean Warren said McGrath's experience would be instrumental in developing the club's young stocks.

"Ash is one of the few players on our list that has experienced the ultimate success so obviously the wisdom he can impart on our younger players will be crucial to, not only their development as players, but also to the team's," Warren said.

"He's got proven ability at both ends of the ground and I know everyone is keen to see him back out on the field again in 2013."

McGrath joins team-mates Simon Black, Ryan Lester, Matt Maguire and Rohan Bewick to sign new deals with the club in recent weeks.

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