THE BRISBANE Lions have extended chief executive Greg Swann's contract until the end of 2019. 

The Lions announced the news on Thursday afternoon with the board ratifying the extension.

Chairman Andrew Wellington said Swann's efforts to lock in a number of the club's talented youngsters were a catalyst behind the decision to continue his stay. 

Midfielder Hugh McCluggage and Cameron Rayner, the No.1 pick from last year's NAB AFL Draft, are just two of the club's top prospects to sign contract extensions in recent weeks. 

"I'm very pleased to renew Greg’s contract," Wellington said. 

"Greg's commitment to the Lions comes off the back of a number of players re-signing, which demonstrates a show of faith in the club both on and off the field.  

"His industry knowledge and networks have been invaluable for the club. He plays a key role in providing the leadership we need to be successful."

Swann said he was keen to oversee the next phase in the rebuilding club's development.

"I'm excited to continue on the journey for the next two years," Swann said. 

"We've put the building blocks in place for continuous improvement over the next few seasons."

Swann began in the CEO role at the Lions in 2014 after previously being the CEO of Carlton from 2007 until mid-2014.