BRISBANE youngster Hugh McCluggage has delivered Lions fans an early Christmas present, with the club announcing he has signed a three-year contract extension.
The talented midfield prospect penned a deal that will keep him at Brisbane until at least the end of the 2021 season, following an exciting maiden campaign with the club.
Taken with Pick 3 in the 2016 national draft, McCluggage played 18 games in his first year.
“I’m really excited to stay here for another three years and see what we can do,” McCluggage told the Brisbane website upon penning his new deal.
“I like where the club is heading and the direction we are heading in.”
McCluggage was among the best junior prospects in his draft year, before being recruited to Brisbane behind Andrew McGrath and Tim Taranto in the 2016 national draft.
He averaged 15.1 disposals and kicked eight goals in his first season of senior footy, earning a Rising Star nomination in Round 14.
“I think it’s great news that Hugh’s agreed to sign on for another three years at the club,” Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said.
“He made a fantastic start to his career last year, playing a lot of senior footy. There’s a lot more of that ahead for him.
“He looks a lot stronger and fitter than he was last year and for him to show that amount of faith in the club, says a lot about where we are going to and where he thinks we’re headed.
“He, along with a lot of the other young men, are really excited about our prospects. They’re here for the long haul.”