Alex Witherden was selected by the Lions with pick 23 in the 2016 National Draft. Witherden spent most of his draft year sidelined with a broken leg, but his diligent approach to his rehabilitation and standout form in earlier years saw the half back make an impression on AFL clubs.
The Lions faith paid off when Witherden made his debut in Round 14 of the 2017 season. He not only held his spot but developed into an integral player across the backline for the remainder of the season, picking up a Rising Star nomination along the way. With his pinpoint accurate kicks, Witherden picked up 2018 where he had left off, playing 21 games and cementing himself as one to watch.