Lions rule out pursuit of ex-Carlton defender after AFL rule change

Brisbane has ruled out pursuing Liam Jones after the star defender was cleared to return to the AFL on Thursday.

The AFL changed its vaccination mandate on Thursday afternoon, meaning that players, coaches and staff are no longer required to receive two vaccinations before training and playing.

Jones retired last year after the mandates were announced, with him and Cam Ellis-Yolmen ending their respective careers at Carlton and Brisbane.

However, both are now eligible to play again.

The former Carlton star defender has kept himself in good shape playing for Palm Beach Currumbin in the QAFL, but the Lions are not going right under their noses for the 31-year-old.

“We haven’t (talked to) him,” Brisbane CEO Greg Swann confirmed on Sports day

“We support our defenders, we have Harris (Andrews), Jack Payne is a young guy who we still think will be good, Darcy Gardiner is back this week.

“He’s probably not for us.

“He’s a good player, I’m not going to let him down, he’s a very good player.

“But for us, yes, he was on Palm Beach, but there are others chasing him harder than we are.”

Jones is said to have met with Essendon’s list manager Adrian Dodoro last week and is believed to be excited about an AFL return.

Ellis-Yolmen has started playing in the SANFL in a bid to get back on an AFL roster.