BRISBANE tough nut Mitch Robinson has added another chapter to his remarkable career revival, inking a two-year contract extension that will tie him to the Lions until at least the end of 2021.
Robinson was delisted by Carlton following the 2014 season, when he was offered a lifeline by chief executive Greg Swann.
Remarkably, the next season he was named as a joint winner of the Merrett-Murray medal as the club’s best-and-fairest.
The 30-year-old said he wants to continue to repay the faith shown in him by Swann and the club.
“For the team that gave me a second lifeline, I’m very grateful to them,” said Robinson.
“Thankfully Greg Swann saw something in me to offer me a contract.”
“I feel like I’m always indebted to them.”
Robinson is averaging 20.8 possessions and 4.8 tackles per game in 2019 and is revered by teammates and fans in equal measures for the passion he displays every time he pulls on the Lions jumper.
“We are going through some good patches this year and the future looks bright,” Robinson said.
“We are continually improving and I want to be a part of that.”
Brisbane football manager David Noble said Robinson had taken enormous strides in recent times.
“Mitch has matured in the manner he has gone about improving his game the past 18 months,” said Noble.
“He brings great energy, is versatile and has a real sense of team-first. His contribution to the team is valued strongly internally.”
Meanwhile, second-year player Jack Payne has inked a new deal that will see him feature in Lions colours through to the end of the 2022 season.
The 19-year-old – who arrived at the club with pick 54 in the 2017 National Draft – is yet to make his debut having battled shin injuries for the past two seasons but is now back to full fitness.
Noble said the club had been impressed by the manner in which Payne has dealt with his injury setbacks.
“He has been really diligent in his rehabilitation,” Noble said.
“Jack’s a great product of our academy and we believe his speed and size offers great versatility to his game.”
“His form has been terrific in NEAFL and he continues to apply pressure to our AFL team.”