16/04/2024
Brisbane star Lachie Neale (pictured). Picture: Joshua Davis

Brisbane star Lachie Neale (pictured). Picture: Joshua Davis

“I don’t think I’ll be getting a third, two’s enough I reckon, just a premiership medallion will be enough for me.”

Ahead of the upcoming AFL season, dual Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale has another medal in mind for himself and Brisbane.

Should he go back-to-back this season, the Lions midfielder will become just the fifth man to win three Brownlow Medals, a feat he has no real interest in achieving, wanting instead to add a premiership medallion to his trophy cabinet, and even stating that he’d trade his two Brownlows for a premiership.

“The only thing on my mind is a premiership, those things (Brownlows) don’t really play on my mind this time of year,” he said.

“I don’t think I’ll be getting a third, two’s enough I reckon, just a premiership medallion will be enough for me.”

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With a premiership front of mind for Neale and the Lions, a handful of teammates having impressive pre-seasons has caught his attention, with one player in particular standing out.

Darcy Gardiner, a backman in last year’s grand final defeat, has spent some time forward this pre-season, with Neale full of praise for the switch.

“Diz, he’s been unbelievable, [he’s] embraced that role change,” he said.

“I’m not sure whether he’ll play forward or back but I think it’s great that he’s basically got that dual position now, so if we need him back he can play back, if we want him in the front half, he’s shown over the last sort of month in the trial games that he can do that.

“He provides such a competitive edge to our side, he’s a competitive animal, and his patterns and his forward craft have improved over the summer, and although I haven’t trained with him that much, he is predictable to play with, you know what you are going to get.

“Whether he plays forward or back, I’m not sure but, I’m confident in any role that he plays.”

Brisbane takes on Carlton at the Gabba on Friday night in Opening Round.

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