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Ryan Lester

#35   Brisbane Lions
Age: 29yr 9mth    Games: 159     Born: August 26, 1992     Origin: Oakleigh Chargers
Height: 192cm     Weight: 85kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick #28 2010 National Draft by Brisbane Lions
Supercoach Price: $324,500   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $411,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2022   AFL Player Contracts
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Ryan Lester Biography

Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Ryan Lester signs a new two-year deal with Brisbane to remain at the club until the end of 2022.

The 28-year-old played 15 of the Lions' 19 games in 2020 and was once again included in the club's leadership group.

Thursday, 8 October 2020
Ryan Lester has stepped up from a fringe Brisbane player to an integral part of its stingy backline. The man teammates call 'Froggy' is nearly always playing for his AFL life, again out of contract after signing one-year extensions the past two offseasons.

"It's all mindset for me. In the past, I've probably waited for someone else to do something. (I'm) Potentially trying to be more selfish out there in a way, but I think by doing that I'm actually contributing to the team more, playing a bit more assertive and backing myself in," he said.

"We've spoken about mindset, being able to play with a clear head. After the finals last year we spoke about guys being a little too 'red head', a bit too emotional the way they play. For me, I have to be a little bit more red head than blue, which is more calm. I need to get outside my comfort zone. It seems to have worked for me."

Monday, 21 October 2019
Ryan Lester signs a one-year deal with Brisbane to remain at the club for a 10th season in 2020.

"Ryan is a person that is well respected by everyone at our football club due to his manner and drive to improve himself as a player," Brisbane football manager David Noble said.

"He provides great input into the direction and decision-making of the club from a leader's perspective."

Thursday, 14 February 2019
Dayne Zorko will captain Brisbane in 2019 after the club announced an eight-man leadership group that also included recruit Lachie Neale.

Along with Neale, rugged defender Darcy Gardiner and young midfielder Jarrod Berry have been added.

They join established leaders Harris Andrews, Stefan Martin, Ryan Lester and Allen Christensen.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Ryan Lester signs a new one-year deal with Brisbane to remain at the club in 2019.

"I just feel very lucky and I really love the club. I'm excited about 2019 and believe in the young group we are building," Lester said.

"We're a young, emerging team and I enjoy being able to have an impact on some of those younger players and guide them in the right direction."

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Dayne Beams will captain the Brisbane Lions for a second straight season in 2018.

Beams will be deputised by Dayne Zorko who takes the vice-captain role, while Harris Andrews has been promoted as deputy vice-captain.

Stefan Martin, Ryan Lester and Allen Christensen will remain as leaders for the club.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Dayne Beams will lead the Brisbane Lions in 2017 after being confirmed as the club's new captain, taking over from Tom Rockliff, who was named vice-captain.

Dayne Zorko is the deputy vice-captain, while Stefan Martin, Allen Christensen, Ryan Lester and Harris Andrews make up the rest of the seven-man leadership group.

"I like to think I'm an action-based leader, I lead by example," Beams said.

"I do what I say and I think the overriding thing is I'm really passionate about the football club and where it's heading.

"We've got some emerging young talent and I'm looking forward to seeing that blossom."

Monday, 6 June 2016
Ryan Lester have signs a new deal with the Lions that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Ryan Lester signs a two-year AFL contract extension with the Brisbane Lions.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Ryan Lester makes his AFL debut for Brisbane at the Gabba with 16 disposals (7 kicks and 9 handballs), 6 marks and a goal in a 2-point loss to Fremantle.

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