TOUGH SEASON: Dayne Zorko of the Lions tries to hold off Tom Mitchell of the Swans.
TOUGH SEASON: Dayne Zorko of the Lions tries to hold off Tom Mitchell of the Swans. Glenn Hunt

Zorko rubbishes talk of unrest among Lions

BRISBANE Lions vice-captain Dayne Zorko has rejected reports coach Justin Leppitsch has lost the support of some of the playing group.

Zorko, who was rumoured to be unhappy at the Lions last year but re-signed this season for a further four years, insisted yesterday the relationship between Leppitsch and his players had never been better.

“Unless you’re inside the four walls, you don’t understand what really goes on,” the 27-year-old said yesterday ahead of Sunday’s match with GWS.

“We’ve got a lot of trust and a lot of belief in Leppa and he’s doing a really great job at the moment.

“These rumours started to happen at this time last year as well, but I can dismiss that right now.

“Things are as strong as they’ve ever been at the club.

“The playing group stands right behind Leppa.”

Zorko pointed to the appointment of welfare manager Craig Lambert – a former teammate of Leppitsch – as a big positive, with the coach’s communication skills improving.

He said the players wanted to “stand really strong” on Sunday against the Giants to prove the critics wrong.

“I think this weekend we’ll eliminate those glimpses of 10 or 15 minutes where we just look uninterested,” he said.

“That’s what we’re going to try and eliminate for the rest of the year and really stand united as one.”

The Lions have one win from 15 matches this season.


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