Marty Pask elevated to Lions senior list

Former Western Magpies youngster Marty Pask has been elevated to the Brisbane Lions senior list.

In his second season on the rookie list, Pask got the call-up today after Lions ace Nigel Lappin, yet to play this season due to an ankle injury, was put on the long-term injury list.

It is recognition for an outstanding start to the AFLQ season in which he's kicked 23 goals in the past three weeks at full forward after some strong performances at fullback in the early rounds.

It means that for the next eight weeks, at least, Pask is now eligible for senior AFL selection, but it will rule him out of Queensland's upcoming interstate clash with the ACT in Canberra.

Already three Lions rookies have stepped up to make their AFL debut this season - Queenslanders Scott Harding and Cheynee Stiller, and Northern Territorian Jason Roe.

Usually elevation from the rookie list is a stronger pointer to selection, but there are no guarantees for Pask because the timing is more about Lappin's injury.

According to the Lions' injury update this week, he's set to be available in 10-14 weeks so the club has to make sure that he's available to play when ready.

The powerfully built Pask, 21, was born on the Gold Coast and played AFLQ football with the Magpies before being rookie listed with the Lions last year.

A long-time Queensland junior representative, he won the AFLQ's Rising Star award in 2004, when he was also runner-up in the Western Magpies' B&F despite an injury-interrupted first half of the year.


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