Jarryd Lyons

Jarryd Lyons (born 22 July 1992) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Adelaide Football Club from 2011 to 2016 and the Gold Coast Suns from 2017 to 2018.

Jarryd Lyons
Lyons playing for Gold Coast in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jarryd Lyons
Date of birth (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992
Original team(s) Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 61, 2010 national draft
Debut Round 5, 2012, Adelaide
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Number 17
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011–2016 Adelaide 055 (32)
2017–2018 Gold Coast 037 (17)
2019– Brisbane Lions 024 (14)
Total 116 (63)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Lyons' father Marty played 27 games for Melbourne between 1975 and 1977.[1] His younger brother Corey is also listed at the Brisbane Lions. Lyons attended Malvern's De La Salle College.[2]

AFL career

Adelaide (2011–2016)

Lyons was drafted with selection 61 in the 2010 AFL draft by Adelaide, having previously played for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup.[3] He did not play in his first AFL season, but showed good signs with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) side, Glenelg.[4] Lyons made his AFL debut in round 5 of the 2012 season, against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium in Showdown XXXII.[5] He played only three games in that season but continued to perform in the SANFL and could have played more if it hadn't been for an ill-timed foot injury.[4] Lyons played nine games in 2013, including a 21-disposal game against North Melbourne in round 9 and a four-goal effort against Collingwood in round 16. At the end of the season he ignored considerable interest from Melbourne, where his father Marty had played, to stay with the Crows.[6]

Lyons played ten games in 2014, beginning to cement his place in the side in the latter half of the year.[4] Despite again attracting interest in the trading period, Lyons rebuffed all other offers to sign with the Crows for another two years.[7] In late 2014 Lyons was bitten on the leg while asleep and developed symptoms consistent with a white-tailed spider bite, leading to him being hospitalised.[8] He recovered to play 13 games for the 2015 season, nine of them as Adelaide's starting substitute, in what was a trying year for the club, following the mid-season murder of their coach, Phil Walsh.[4] Lyons had his best season at the Crows in 2016, playing 20 games, kicking 15 goals and averaging 22 disposals, in his first season under new coach Don Pyke.

Gold Coast (2017–2018)

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Lyons was traded to Gold Coast.[9] Lyons slotted straight into the midfield at the Suns and enjoyed a career-best season in 2017, playing 18 games and averaging 25 disposals, despite the Suns only winning six games and their coach, Rodney Eade, being sacked towards the end of the season. Lyons played 19 games in 2018 and again averaged 25 disposals, and was also equal-third in the AFL for clearances. Despite this, new coach Stuart Dew dropped him twice during the season, and he was delisted at the end of the season with a year left on his three-year contract.[10]

Brisbane Lions (2019–present)

Lyons was signed by the Brisbane Lions at the beginning of the 2018 first delisted free agency period on 1 November 2018, the day after his delisting from Gold Coast, joining his younger brother Corey at the club.[11] He made his debut for the club in a 44-point upset win against reigning premiers West Coast at the Gabba in round 1 of the 2019 season, and played his 100th career game in the loss to the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium in round 8.[12] After accumulating 33 disposals and eight marks in a best-on-ground performance in the win against Hawthorn at the Gabba in round 11,[13] Lyons had a career-best game in the win against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in round 17, accumulating 36 disposals and nine tackles,[14] and followed up a week later against North Melbourne with 30 disposals and two goals.[15] He went on to poll a career-high 13 votes in the Brownlow Medal and finished fourth in voting for the Merrett–Murray Medal, in what was a career-best season.[16]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season.[17]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Adelaide 3100
2012 Adelaide 31311101626560.
2013 Adelaide 31956866314924220.
2014 Adelaide 311074795413322250.
2015 Adelaide 311342866415022250.
2016 Adelaide 3120151324219143366940.80.712.19.621.73.34.70
2017 Gold Coast 251810822621744367830.60.412.612.
2018 Gold Coast 2519715281186467511030.40.814.89.824.62.75.42
2019 Brisbane Lions 17241410338234572721430.60.414.19.823.83.06.013
Career 116 63 59 1348 1026 2374 329 501 0.5 0.5 11.6 8.8 20.5 2.8 4.3 21


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  2. McGuire, Eddie (20 November 2010). "The amazing week that changed lives". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. "Jarryd Lyons goes pick 61 to Adelaide". foxsportspulse.com.au. Southern Football Netball League. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  4. "Jarryd Lyons - AFC.com.au". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club.
  5. Rucci, Michaelangelo (27 April 2012). "Showdown will suit Lyons: Sanderson". AdelaideNow.
  6. "Jarryd Lyons stays loyal to Crows". phoenixmanagementgroup.com.au. Phoenix Management Group. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. Ryan, Peter (20 October 2014). "Jarryd Lyons stays a Crow after chat with new coach". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  8. "'Spiderman' Lyons fighting back after spider bite". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  9. "Crows midfielder Lyons flies north to the Suns". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  10. Whiting, Michael (31 October 2018). "Suns shock: Ball-winner among two more axed". afl.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  11. Whiting, Michael (1 November 2018). "Confirmed: Lyons officially becomes a Lion". afl.com.au. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  12. Whiting, Michael (7 May 2019). "Back on Mars, milestone man hoping for happier times". afl.com.au. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  13. Whiting, Michael (1 June 2019). "Lions overcome slow start to hunt down Hawks". afl.com.au. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  14. Gaskin, Lee (14 July 2019). "Red-hot Lions hammer flaky Power to move up to third". afl.com.au. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  15. Whiting, Michael (20 July 2019). "Fighting Lions leave it late to edge past Kangas". afl.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  16. Whiting, Michael (5 October 2019). "Gun recruit ends Lion skipper's run of four Merrett-Murray medals". afl.com.au. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  17. "Jarryd Lyons". AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
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