Pearce Hanley elevated to senior list

Thursday, April 23 2009 @ 04:52 pm ACST

Contributed by: Troy Thompson

The Vodafone Brisbane Lions today elevated Irish rookie Pearce Hanley to the Club's senior list in place of West Australian draftee Kieran King (ankle: 10-12 weeks) who has been placed on the long term injury list. 20 year-old Hanley - who hails from Ballaghadereen in Ireland's County Mayo - made his AFL senior debut for the Lions in Round 21 last year against Carlton at the Gabba playing a total of two matches.

The former Gaelic player and 2006 Ron Barassi Medallist has been a member of the Club's rookie list since arriving from Ireland at the end of 2007.Hanley's elevation means that he will again be available for senior selection. Reports suggest that Hanley's form has been very good for the Lion's reserve team the last two weeks and he would be a good chance to play this week given injuries to key Lions players last week. Hanley missed early games in the preseason due to injury.

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