Tom Rockliff of the Lions celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rockliff to stay with Lions

Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff will see out his contract with the Lions, the club has confirmed.

Rockliff had considered seeking a trade after a tumultuous season at the Lions, however, his manager Tom Petroro has informed the club that his client will see out his current contract, which expires at the end of 207.

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New Lions coach Chris Fagan and football manager David Noble met with Petroro last week to discuss Rockliff’s future.

“Tom is 100 percent committed to where we are headed and the journey we are going to take together as a Club,” Noble told the club’s website.

“Our program demands selfless footballers and leaders who can help others lift their games to a higher level.

“Chris has spoken to Tom about raising the bar on his performance in the year ahead and there is a definite understanding on that.

“We’re happy that Tom is staying at the Club and we all look forward to better times ahead.”

However, Noble stopped short of guaranteeing Rockliff’s captaincy at the club in 2017.

“Chris and his coaching team will assess the leadership in the weeks and months ahead,” Noble said.

“A leadership group will then be selected based on our values.

“As a Club, we want to become relevant again and a huge part of that is making sure our culture is strong and we live by the values at the heart of that culture.”

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