Defence on Dunkley's mind in Lions move

Josh Dunkley has pledged to bring a defensive edge to a Brisbane AFL team already boasting the attacking flair he says can take the "next step".

Last season's preliminary finalists have recruited strongly with Western Bulldogs best and fairest midfielder Dunkley, Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston, Ireland's former Essendon talent Conor McKenna and father-son draft scoops Will Ashcroft and Jaspa Fletcher all linking up at the Gabba.

One of the criticisms of Chris Fagan's 2022 side was their inability to defend once they lost possession, particularly in the midfield.

Asked what he'd bring to the Lions, Dunkley said a key focus would be on what he does when the side doesn't have the ball.

"The offensive game the Lions have shown has been very exciting, (but) being able to defend as well is very important," Dunkley told reporters on Thursday.

"I can bring a little bit of defensive stuff; I've always prided myself on that, the tackles, smothers, spoils, getting back to help.

"It's something I'd like to improve and help us make that next step."

Dunkley was keen on a trade out of the Bulldogs for more than a year, reportedly unhappy with the club's culture as he declared Brisbane his preferred destination.

The 26-year-old was one of the final deals secured during the trade period, 15 minutes before the final night's deadline.

The Lions gave up more than they wanted to, trading pick 21 plus future first and second-round selections as part of the package to secure their man.

He has put aside that "frustrating" period to embrace a new home and the "squeeze" for selection that will come with their added depth.

"My time up here has already been awesome and guys and culture been great to be a part of so far," he said.

"I've been on a different program, there's more running involved and I feel good covering the ground.

"(Match simulation was) chaotic at first, getting used to the new game styles and plans and words the players use to communicate, but I'm loving it so far."

Dunkley is a former teammate of Marcus Adams, who is set to miss the 2023 season with a serious concussion.

The key defender was this week moved to the Lions' inactive list, throwing his AFL future into question.

Dunkley said he'd seen enough to think the club could cover Adams, but felt for the 29-year-old.

"I knew him from the days at the Dogs, been in contact with him and he's a bit disappointed he's not out here playing but he needs to look after himself and do what's best for him," Dunkley said.