Fresh AFL start at Lions lifts Ah Chee

Ed Jackson
New recruit Callum Ah Chee is anxious to reignite his AFL career at the Brisbane Lions

The inspirational 2019 seasons of Lincoln McCarthy and Jarryd Lyons have Brisbane Lions recruit Callum Ah Chee dreaming of reigniting his own AFL career.

Ah Chee was traded to the Lions from Queensland rivals Gold Coast in October after making just one appearance last season due to a series of injuries.

In all, the 21-year-old half-back made just 45 appearances in four seasons with the Suns.

McCarthy played 24 matches for the Lions last year after managing just 29 games in seven injury-plagued seasons at Geelong, while Lyons made was also a regular at the Gabba in 2019 having been picked up after being delisted by the Suns at the end of 2018.

Ah Chee said both players' years had been a key aspect in his excitement at joining the Lions.

"Watching those two guys really flourish with Brisbane was really good to watch and made me really excited to be part of it," he told AAP.

"Hopefully I can do the same thing and add a little bit of something to the Brisbane Lions."

With four-time premiership-winning veteran Luke Hodge retiring at the end of last season, there is a spot available in Brisbane's backline.

Already feeling he's reaping the rewards of changing his environment, Ah Chee says he'll be pushing for selection for round one against Hodge's old club Hawthorn at the MCG on March 22.

"The club's got a really rich history, it's good just coming in here and seeing all the past players that've come through and set a culture for the team," Ah Chee said.

"It creates a really fresh environment for myself and it's exciting to be a part of a team that's really striving for something big this year."