MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected as the Lions leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Lions’ skipper says he’s staying put

Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff has quashed speculation he could leave the club at season’s end.

The 26-year-old confirmed in June that he has put contract negotiations on hold with the club, with the two parties unable to come to terms on a new deal.

His admission prompted speculation that he could seek a move away from the club next year, with St Kilda reportedly very keen on trying to lure Rockliff away from Queensland should his wage demands at the Lions not be met.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected as the Lions leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 25: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected as the Lions leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

However, Rockliff says he is adamant he will not be leaving the Lions.

“I’m contracted until 2017, I’m captain of the footy club. I’ve been here since 2009,” Rockliff said.

“I really enjoy it here … I can’t see myself leaving.”

Rockilff says that putting contract talks on hold was not simply about money, which some reports suggested was the case, with his manager reportedly seeking a five-year deal worth $4 million.

“There’s all different reasons behind that. For me, I want to get back and win games of footy for the Brisbane Lions and lead the best that I can,” he said.

“It was a good lesson for me just to give the mundane answer and say it’s between my manager and the club.

“Unfortunately it’s playing out in the media and that’s not what I wanted and the footy club doesn’t need the extra pressure and I don’t want any extra pressure either.”

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