Dayne Zorko has announced he will be stepping down as Brisbane captain after serving in the role since 2018.
Zorko first captained the club in an interim role in mid-2018 after former skipper Dayne Beams stepped down, before officially being made captain prior to the 2019 season.
A Lions veteran, Zorko has played 230 games since his debut in 2012, earning All Australian selection in 2017, while also claiming five club best and fairest awards.
Zorko informed the playing group of his decision to stand down earlier in the week, telling club media that it had been a "privilege" to serve as captain.
“It's been a privilege and a pleasure to lead a Club with such incredible history and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be at its helm the past five years,” Zorko said.
Dayne Zorko has announced he'll step down as Captain in 2023.
Zorks is just the fourth Brisbane Lions player to Captain 100 games and was pivotal in building and shaping a winning culture of this Club. Thank you for everything Dayne ❤️https://t.co/XyJCqFIMCG
— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) February 14, 2023
“Over my years as captain, I'm proud to have helped the Club be more respected again amongst the AFL world and to have helped lead the charge in the successes we've had on the field. I step down at a time when the Club is in really good hands and entering a new chapter.
“It's something I have really, really thought about (stepping down) and wanted to do. I'm obviously coming towards the end of my career so I feel the timing is right to let the new leader find their own feet in the role. I'll be there to support them the whole way in whatever way I can.”
The Lions are set to announce their 2023 leadership group, including their incoming captain, in the coming weeks.