Thanks, but no tanks, say Lions, Kangaroos

Chris Fagan just wants a win.
Chris Fagan just wants a win. TRACEY NEARMY

BRISBANE coach Chris Fagan has echoed the sentiments of his players by saying the club isn't interested in gaining the No.1 pick in this season's national draft.

Players have been outspoken in recent weeks about their aim to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder, despite the fact the wooden spoon brings with it the covered top draft pick.

The Lions have avoided finishing last the past two seasons - and are keen to keep it that way.

They host North Melbourne this Saturday at the Gabba, with the winner to move to six wins, and leaving the loser on five and anchored to the foot of the table.

"We're trying to win," Fagan told SEN radio.

"We're trying to build that winning culture at the club, so that's more important to us than losing and getting the first draft pick.

"From our perspective, it's so important that we finish off the season with a win, and we've played really strong footy for the last 10 or 12 weeks and we don't want to leave the season on a sour note."


North Melbourne Kangaroos coach Brad Scott
North Melbourne Kangaroos coach Brad Scott JOE CASTRO

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott had addressed the possibility of tanking following his side's loss to St Kilda on Sunday night.

Damaging midfield-forward Cameron Rayner, from Victoria, is the favourite to be the top selection when clubs comes together for the draft in November.

"We are desperate to win," Scott said. "We are trying to set a platform for the future and that doesn't come through one draft pick or another.

"It comes through settings standards that you want everyone to adhere to and a level of competitive that is infectious throughout the club.

"And I firmly believe if you try and manipulate things to try and get a slightly better player than another than that will definitely come back to bite you at some point."

The Lions have gained Josh Schache (at No.2) and Hugh McCluggage (at No.3) in the past two drafts after finishing second last.


Tom Rockliff (left) of the Lions celebrates kicking a goal with Claye Beams (right)
Tom Rockliff (left) of the Lions celebrates kicking a goal with Claye Beams (right) DARREN ENGLAND

Fagan, meanwhile, said he was becoming increasingly confident the club will retain restricted free agent Tom Rockliff.

Fagan said the midfielder and former Lions captain was "very happy" at the Lions and was well settled in Brisbane, despite speculation linking the 27-year-old to Adelaide and Port Adelaide.

"I haven't asked him, but the way he's acting and talking around the footy club I don't think he's going anywhere," Fagan said on SEN radio.

"He seems very happy at the moment, his wife is pregnant, he's just built a new house.

"I'd be hopeful that he stays."

After losing the captaincy to Dayne Beams, Rockliff has had a great season on the field, averaging 24 disposals.

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