Tom Rockliff will support whoever skippers the Lions.
Tom Rockliff will support whoever skippers the Lions. BEN MACMAHON

Rockliff ready to support skipper if a new one is chosen

AFL: Tom Rockliff says he will support whoever coach Chris Fagan makes captain of the Brisbane Lions - if it's not him.

Rockliff has skippered the side for the past two AFL campaigns but Fagan said recently he was open to options as the club's leader.

Dayne Zorko, Stefan Martin and Dayne Beams were all candidates, siad Rockliff but he said he would be happy whoever took the role.

"If it's not me, (I'll) support whoever it is," Rockliff told Melbourne radio station SEN.

"I think it's important these days that you have a really strong leadership group and I think the days of having one person (are over).

"With Leading Teams coming onboard, it's been a really good process for us to go through as a playing group.

"The player empowerment (gives us) a real say on the direction of where we want to get to."

Rockliff, who could have been traded last year, said he would step aside if someone else was more suited to skippering the team.

"Stefan Martin is one who's put his hand up and shown some real leadership this pre-season where probably in the past - and by his own admission - he's just gone about his own business," he said.

"He's got some real care for this group and where it's heading.

"Dayne Zorko could easily captain an AFL club and Dayne Beams is the same."

Rockliff said he had already formed a good relationship with new coach Fagan after going through a rocky time with the Lions.

"Chris was really open with me and I was really open with him and we had a really good conversation," he said.

"From then on it's been a really good relationship and probably the most honest one.

"We had those conversations, I think they needed to be had, and we've put them to bed and moved on.

"I've just gone about my business and no doubt I've changed a couple of things."

News Corp Australia


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