AFL 2 years ago

Rockliff confident of round one, despite limited training

  • Rockliff confident of round one, despite limited training

Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has joined a concerning number of players in the rehab group at the club, but is adamant there is nothing to be concerned about.

The Lions captain "niggled" a hamstring injury on Monday and spent most of the club's training session signing autographs for attending fans. 

"I'm better off resting it today and doing the main session on Friday," Rockliff said.

Star midfielder Dayne Beams, young defender Darcy Gardiner and small forward Josh Green were also all on light duties during the session, with it announced last night that Green would miss ten weeks with a foot fracture.

Beams and Gardiner are likely to be available for next month's NAB Challenge competition. 

Youngsters Josh Watts (groin) and Cian Hanley (adductor) are the only two likely to miss some of the club's NAB Challenge campaign.

Rockliff says the appointment of former Sydney Swans high performance manager Damien Austin has been a positive one.

"I think if it was a month's time and still the same number (in rehab), it'd be a concern, but Damien's been all about getting ready for round one, not so much for the NAB Cup," Rockliff said.

"In saying that, we'd like to see a few more numbers on the track.

"It's a completely different program to what we've done in the past. We individualise weights programs a lot more now and running programs.

"We think we're on the right track and we're getting ready for round one."

0 0
please wait...