Noosa Tigers junior Jack Payne will make his debut for the Brisbane Lions tonight.
Noosa Tigers junior Jack Payne will make his debut for the Brisbane Lions tonight.

Noosa Tigers to AFL: Jack Payne to debut tonight

Highly rated Noosa Tigers defender Jack Payne will make his AFL debut with the Brisbane Lions tonight at the Metricon Stadium.

Payne, 22, faces defending premiers Richmond Tigers in a top eight battle.

The Lions have only made one change after their Friday night thrashing of Essendon, with former Hawthorn gun Grant Birchall being rested for the clash.

Brisbane have opted to not risk 32-year-old Birchall and promoted Payne, a 197cm, 101kg powerhouse to the side.

Payne is a graduate of St Andrew's Anglican College at Peregian Springs and one of three Coasters on the Lions roster alongside Eric Hipwood and Tom Fullarton.