GOALS: AFLW Brisbane Lions player Jessy Keeffe is aiming to be resigned with the Lions for the 2019 season.
GOALS: AFLW Brisbane Lions player Jessy Keeffe is aiming to be resigned with the Lions for the 2019 season. Chris Hyde

Where will Jessy Keeffe be playing next season?

Aussie Rules: Gympie-raised Jessy Keeffe will be hoping to get re-signed for the AFLW Brisbane Lions team despite not playing in the 2018 season.

"My biggest priority is to hopefully get re-signed with the Lions," she said.

"It was disappointing that I was not out there (on the field) but I have learnt so much and still feel a part of the team."

As the date for the AFLW draft for the 2019 season is yet to be released, Keeffe said she would weigh up options if she had to move.

"The competition is growing and being at the elite level you cannot choose where you play or who you play with," Keeffe said.

"Whatever opportunities come I will weigh up my options. I would be happy to go to another team but would prefer to stay at the Lions."

As Keeffe awaits the draft, her sights are focused on Yeronga JAFC, where she started her career.

"I started with them halfway through 2016 and at first I tried to combine it with netball but in 2017 I gave netball a miss for the first time in a while and it was the best decision I ever made," she said.

"Footy has been a big part of my family because of my brother (Lachlan who plays for GWS).

"I watched the inaugural rounds for the AFLW and to be honest I didn't know AFL existed for Brisbane. I did a quick Google search and the first club I found was Yeronga and I called the coach to play and just went from there.

Having only played footy for 12 months in Yeronga before being drafted, Keeffe said her favourite thing was the environment of the club.

"There are so many girls and it is such a good club," she said.

"If you are a beginner, all the girls are open minded and I am keen to learn new things.

"I also love the contact side of things."

Keeffe is still early in her career but she said her brother has been very helpful.

"He is really patient and more than happy to help out and provide tips on remaining positive when you don't get a game," she said.

Gympie Times


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