Lions continue to strengthen
Brisbane Lions have continued the restructure of their football department by adding the experienced Mark Stone to the coaching set up.
Stone has picked up plenty of experience in the AFL when working as an assistant coach at Fremantle, West Coast Eagles and Sydney Swans and the Lions are keen to tap into that knowledge.
The 54-year-old has been appointed as strategy coach and will work closely with Lions head coach Chris Fagan as they look to push for the premiership once again in 2021.
Stone's appointment comes a day after Danny Daly was appointed football manager.
The restructuring looks to have been sparked by David Noble's departure from the club after he took up the position of North Melbourne head coach.
Not only has Stone picked up AFL experience, he has also enjoyed great success in the SANFL when guiding Glenelg to the 2019 premiership.
He still had two more years to run on his contract, but Glenelg were not willing to block his path back into the AFL system and opened the door for him to leave.
"Mark has left a legacy that will transcend his time here," Glenelg chief executive Justin Scripps said.
"Mark has provided our players with real clarity on what a high-performance environment looks like and the values that will
help continue to build our culture."
Brisbane have finished top two on the AFL ladder in the last two seasons, but failed to make a grand final, something they will be looking to rectify in the new season.
The Lions are priced at 15/2 to win the AFL grand final.
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