By Lions Media.
Fans have been holding back their bags for at least the next year after signing an agreement extension with Dane Jorco Shera.
The man commented that “The Magician” would have the opportunity to play for more than 200 Lions during the new game period and cement his position as one of the club’s all-time greats.
This is a remarkable achievement for Gold Coast Jr. who was ignored in four national drafts before starting with the Lions and becoming one of the AFL’s biggest stars.
“Every single game I play for the Lions is special to me and this expansion means the same to me, the opportunity to go there with my friends and play more games for this great club,” he said.
“I may not have had a traditional entry into the AFL, but now that I have the opportunity to lead a large swarm of players in the park every week, I don’t trade for anything like that.”
The Lions captain debuted as a mature recruit in 2012. Have played games.
During that time, he has won four Merritt-Murray medals as Lions Club Champion and was named to the All-Australian team at the 201 All.
Since taking over as captain in the mid-201 season, he has led the Lions to a back-to-back final campaign in 2012 and 2020, where the club broke an 11-year drought with a qualifying final win over Richmond.
Lions coach Chris Fagan paid tribute to Jorco’s selfless commitment to the team and said it was exciting news for the club to lock the 2-year-old for at least another season.
“It will send buzz through the playgroup group,” he said.
“Denny has been a great player and a great leader for our football club.
“He is the face of our club and an excellent ambassador for the AFL game in Queensland, and he is playing at a very high level.
“He was one of the leading midfielders in the competition and was gaining recognition and admiration.
“We asked him to change his role to help increase our midfield depth and he didn’t question this decision once but embraced the good side of the team.
“This type of leadership inspires players and although he may not get the capture he once did, he can always rely on us to provide the spark when we need it and the pressure he puts on determines the level and is the cornerstone of our game.”