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Lions will ask for priority pick

  • Lions will ask for priority pick

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Lions head coach Justin Leppitsch looks on during the round 20 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on August 6, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The Brisbane Lions will launch a bid for a priority draft pick but are yet to make a formal request to the AFL, coach Justin Leppitsch says.

The Lions are on course for their worst season in club history and are expected to ask the AFL for extra draft assistance, although a priority pick has not been granted to any team since 2007.

"I know they're looking at that, that'll help the club no doubt," Leppitsch said.

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"From my understanding there's been initial talks but nothing formal from the club that's been mooted.

"I know the AFL's looking to change the potential draft system over time and how to help clubs ... but there's always going to be a club in this position where we're at unfortunately.

"When you've got a young team and you know you need more young talent, you'd like them (to develop) quicker.

"That will be what will be, I can only control from my bit down."

The Lions were denied a priority pick last year and Leppitsch said it would be "obviously helpful" if they were to get one, but estimated their current list is 50 per cent better than what it was when he first came into the job three years ago.

"They're just young and they're not quite ready to be at their best at this stage consistently yet," he said.

Opinion amongst former AFL greats is seemingly split on whether the Lions deserve a priority pick, with Chris Judd claiming they need a "leg up" while David Schwarz and Kevin Bartlett have argued Brisbane haven't done the "hard yards" as other struggling clubs have in the past.

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