BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Dayne Zorko of the Lions celebrates a goal during the round 10 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Hawthorn Hawks at The Gabba on May 28, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane Lions midfield Dayne Zorko believes he is the man to captain the Lions in 2017.

The reigning Merrett-Murray medallist has put his hand up to be the next Lions captain, but will have to wait another month before the next leader is decided.

The captaincy call is not expected to be made until just priot to their opening match of the JLT Community series against Gold Coast on February 19.

“It would be a tremendous honour being a Queensland boy myself to be able to captain a great club with a great history,” Zorko said.

“(But) there’s been a process Chris has stuck by and it won’t be announced until March some time.

“We will stick with that and whatever happens, happens.

“Everyone has been able to put their hand up and come forward – now it is up to powers that be and the playing group to make that decision.”

He has already earned the endorsement of teammate Tom Bell.

“I think he is a good fit,” Bell said of Zorko as captain.

“We all know Dayne. He is a tremendous player and showed what he can do in a short period of time.”

Dayne Beams has also put his hand up to be the first captain under new coach Chris Fagan.

Fagan replaced Justin Leppitsch as Lions coach at the end of last season, Zorko says the former Hawthorn assistant has brought a lot to the club.

“Freshness – it’s a clean slate for all the players.

“We’ve totally forgotten what has happened in previous years and moved forward.

“He has told everyone not to worry about it – let’s restart and go again.”