Lions’ director of coaching Leigh Matthews confirmed on Thursday that the club has spoken to Johnson about taking up a playing role, which would then lead into a coaching role position.
“The Brisbane Lions certainly thought it’s a fairly young team so bringing in an experienced captain/coach type player for a year that would then go into a coaching role … is that something valid?” Matthews told 3AW.
“I know the club has spoken to Stevie about that concept but I don’t think there’s even been offers made or anything like that, it’s really sounding out an option that would be worthy of discussion.
“Steve, I would have thought, would have to decide what he wants to do and what his options are.”
Johnson was de-listed by the Cats after 253 games.