BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Tom Rockliff and the Lions leave the field at half time during the round 13 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba on June 18, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Contract talks between Rockliff and Lions stall

Contract negotiations between the Brisbane Lions and skipper Tom Rockliff have stalled.

Rockliff is said to be keen to extend his stay at the Gabba, however, the two parties remain some way apart on the captain’s value, with his manager withdrawing his contract proposal after he could not come to an agreement with the club.

“We couldn’t come to an agreement on numbers and years, I was injured for a while then also and couldn’t play the sort of footy I knew I was capable of, I just thought it was the best thing,’’ the 26-year-old, who has one year to run on his current contract, told News Corp Australia.

“I’m the captain of the football club, I’ve been through the hard times and I want to see this through, so I don’t think there’s any uncertainty around that.’’

Rockliff reportedly wants a five-year deal worth around $4 million, with the club so far unwilling to come to the party.

He has played 126 games for Brisbane since making debut in 2009.


  1. Afl is going down hill ! We shouldn’t have added 2 new clubs that’s 44 top players divided between the 16 each club would have 3 more good players ! We def don’t need a woman Comp! Essadon should have been made to sit the season out !

    • Calling it now, we trade him to Hawks for Whitecross and Hawks first pick. We pick up a gun defender from WA who leaves the club after 2 years. Whitecross has an injury plagued 3 seasons where he only plays 12 games and then retires. #golions

  2. Unfortunately I’ve heard Brisbane are broke they can’t afford to pay players the coach they can’t afford the right coach there’s problems with the Ceo board president etc. it’s club politics that’s destroying a once great premiership powerhouse.

  3. Elio Calo Anthony Del Medico Adam Verso Versolato Matthew Lawrence Scotty Bollmeyer
    Surely if you are Brisbane u pay this bloke as much as you can.
    Wouldn’t mind him in crows colours.
    Imagine if Rockliff walked out!

  4. Rockliff won’t leave he was low balled on a contract and he still has next year. This is BS media as he has plently of time to show the club he is worth what he is asking. It’s a business as well at the end of the day. On a side note he does need to improve. Possession is great but when you are averaging 3 meters gain per possession then you need to change something. Elite is 15 meters per possession. Long way off.

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