Lions poised to pounce on big cat Jarrad Jansen

BEFORE yesterday, few had probably ever heard of Jarrad Jansen. In the internet age, he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

However, the 20-year-old (pictured) has been described as the prototype modern footballer and one that Brisbane Lions are keen to acquire in next month's trade period from Geelong.

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At 192cm, the West Australian is a big-bodied inside-midfielder but has been unable to break into the Cats' senior line-up the past two seasons. He finished runner-up in the reserves best and fairest count this year.

"We've been tracking his progress this year and he's developed nicely," Lions list manager Peter Schwab told afl.com.au yesterday. "He's a young guy looking for an opportunity. We hope we can give him that opportunity to develop in our midfield."

The Lions are hopeful of also securing born-and-raised Brisbane boy Tom Bell from Carlton while the club has also been linked to out-of-favour Richmond defender David Astbury.


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