Liam Dawson celebrating with his 2014 premiership teammates. Photo: Just Photography/NEAFL.

By JESS WEBSTER

 

Home is where the heart is for delisted Brisbane Lions defender Liam Dawson as the 2014 premiership player returns home to the Hornets nest.

The 22-year-old Redcliffe and Aspley junior will continue his playing career with the Hornets in season 2019 after opting to stay home in Queensland following his departure from Brisbane.

The former Lions Academy member played 18 AFL games for Brisbane over a four-year stint after being drafted with pick 44 in the 2014 National Draft.

He was a member of the Aspley side which beat Sydney in the famous 2014 NEAFL Grand Final at Graham Rd, and will now return to the club to chase a third premiership after playing in Brisbane’s triumph over Sydney in 2017.

After weighing up his options after the season, Dawson told Quest Community News he ultimately wanted to spend another year in Brisbane after entertaining the idea of a move to Adelaide.

“My heart was set on staying in Queensland,” he said.

“The plan at the moment is to stay up here for one year and reassess after that.

“If I get (re-) drafted, that’d be good, but I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.

“There’s a good bunch of blokes at Aspley.”

Dawson comes to Aspley off the back of arguably his best season in the NEAFL. He was one of Brisbane’s best contributors in 2018 with an average of 17 disposals, 7.1 marks and 3.5 rebound 50s per game to earn his first NEAFL Team of the Year selection.

 

 

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