AFL: Brisbane Lions defender Marcus Adams has Covid-19

Brisbane Lions defender Marcus Adams is in solitary confinement after testing positive for Covid-19.

Key Brisbane defender Marcus Adams will miss the Lions clash against Hawthorn in Launceston on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Adams, who is said to have avoided the virus when it engulfed the club in preseason, is in solitary confinement after returning a positive test result on Wednesday.

Experienced backman Ryan Lester, who has only made one appearance in AFL this season, is expected to replace Adams in Brisbane’s 22 after being named to an extended squad of 26 Lions on Thursday night.

Lions in second place are aiming for a ninth win out of 10 games this season, while the Hawks have only won three out of nine.

Lions have also invested in their future by re-signing young Henry Smith, Jimmy Tunstill, Darcy Wilmot and Kalin Lane.

Lions general manager of football, Danny Daly, said, “It is exciting to see four of our youngest players re-enter the club.

“We have seen strong growth and development from each of them since joining Lions.

“They bring a lot of excitement and energy around the group and we can’t wait to see how they continue to progress and develop over the next few years.”

Smith and Lane will remain with Lions until at least the end of 2024, while first-year couple Tunstill and Wilmot have added two more seasons to their existing two-year contracts, bringing their deals to the end of 2025.

“I love Brisbane,” said 18-year-old defender Wilmot.

“The culture here is just unreal and I show up every day just loving what I’m doing.

“I really enjoyed playing with the boys, especially in the VFL this season.

“I hope to have my opportunity in the AFL soon, but in the meantime I will continue to work hard.”

Originally published as Brisbane Lions defender Marcus Adams to miss Launceston trip after testing positive for Covid-19