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Staker commits to Brisbane Lions until 2015

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The Brisbane Lions have lost a number of players in 2013 but secured Brent Staker for the next two years.

There were concerns the Lions’ boardroom arguments would lead him to leave the team but on Monday, the club said they have locked in the utility until the end of 2015.

“It’s a fantastic result for the Club to have Brent around for a further two years,” the Lions’ general manager of football operations Dean Warren said.

“Brent provides a wealth of experience to our young group and is a fantastic character to have around the club.

“He was particularly important this year in his ability to play a role both up forward and down back when required. He has had a tough time with injury over the past few years but his resilience and determination has paid off.”

Staker, 29, missed the entirety of the 2012 season but made a remarkable comeback from two knee reconstructions in 2013.

He played 15 consecutive games and booted 21 goals, including the game-winner against Essendon in his return match.

The Lions picked up Staker from the West Coast Eagles before the 2010 season. He has played back and forward for Brisbane, kicking 45 goals for the team across his three active seasons.

It comes on a day when Brisbane also announced the signing of 26-year-old delisted Richmond free agent and Queensland native Luke McGuane.

Usually a defender, McGuane was shifted forward by Richmond late last year with 35 of his 39 career goals coming from his past 21 games.