during a Brisbane Lions AFL training session at The Gabba on February 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

Rockliff slams Brisbane’s facilities

Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff has slammed his club’s run down facilities, saying players simply cannot compete with the best side’s in the competition.

Speaking on RSN radio on Wednesday morning, Rockliff said he and teammates are forced to train in their gym without sunlight.

“No they’re not (up to AFL standard). They haven’t changed since 2000, if you think about that it’s 16 years,” Rockliff said.

“We’re below ground the whole time, we don’t have any sunlight in there.

“The gym only got a makeover because it flooded last year.

“We’re battling a fair bit with the facility. It is always a challenge to compete at the highest level.

“If you have a good facility, I know it’s not the be-all and end-all, I think that a good culture drives that, but the facility definitely helps that.”

Brisbane is currently finalising the purchase of land near the airport for a new training and administration base, while AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has stated the league will help the club develop its new facility.