Strong finish might hurt Lions' draft chances

JUST how long does it take to climb back up the ladder when all you get is one early pick in the draft, and who knows how good that player will be?

Too long, according to Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch.

With the club sitting on the bottom of the table, just below its Gold Coast neighbours, Leppitsch (pictured) said a priority pick in this year's draft would help the club become more competitive more quickly.

"It depends how quickly the AFL community want us to get better," he told reporters. "They (the AFL) have taken away the academy advantages we've had, so obviously there's no real thought they want this club to get better quicker.

"We've had a huge amount of list changes and challenges. One draft pick is fantastic, two is even better isn't it?"

With six games left in 2015, the former triple-premiership player admitted any sympathy shown by the AFL could disappear with a strong finish to the season.

"If we win the last six games they'll definitely say 'no', won't they?" Leppitsch said. "If we lose the last six they'll probably say 'yes' ... (but) who knows.

"That's out of our hands."

The Lions have made the finals just once since 2004 - the year they lost the grand final to Port Adelaide when going for four premierships in a row.

Brisbane has just four first-round picks left on its list - James Aish, Sam Mayes, Daniel Rich and Matthew Leuenberger.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU



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