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.
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.