Fagan takes no joy from Suns crisis
LIONS coach Chris Fagan is taking no joy from the crisis engulfing the Suns saying both clubs would benefit from shared success.
Fagan is able to bring a clear perspective to the Suns’ plight and how it relates to the QClash rivalry having walked into a club in just as much trouble little less than a year ago.
He has managed to orchestrate a form turnaround and with football manager David Noble has done a terrific job unifying the Lions.
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However, both men have had to adjust to different operating challenges running a footy side in rugby league heartland.
Two strong teams builds the interest that leads to greater crowd and sponsorship revenue which assists the two clubs’ ability to attract and retain players.
“Hopefully both of our teams can rise together and Queensland footy is strong because that’s what the AFL need and that is what Queensland wants, it is a place where a lot of people are interested in AFL,’’ he said.
“I just hope for them that they do get going and I think they will.’’
In the space of two years the Lions have overtaken the Suns as the Queensland side with the brightest future.
There is a legitimate argument they have superior young talent too — an area always considered the Suns’ strength.
Fagan was reluctant to concede that and pointed to the Suns’ wretched injury history.
“Possibly but that can change pretty quickly,’’ he said.
“They do have a lot of talent and in fairness they have had a hell of a lot of injuries over the past three years which has made coaching that team difficult because what you rely on is that continuity, a core group of 15 to 16 players playing week in and week out.
“They’ve never been able to get that and hopefully for their sake they can and not get so injured and they can get some stability in their team.’’
Brisbane took another step towards their goal of avoiding the wooden spoon with a 58-point drubbing of the Suns in Saturday’s QClash at the Gabba.
Their form line since the Round 11 bye has been solid with four wins from ten matches.
Of the sides outside the eight it is superior to North Melbourne (one), Fremantle and Carlton (two each), Gold Coast (three) and Collingwood (three wins and a draw).
The win drew the Lions level on points with Carlton and North Melbourne and closed the percentage gap.
“We’ve still got to rely on other results, but we’re giving ourselves the best chance, that’s all we can do,” Fagan said.
“We’re hellbent on trying to get off the bottom, (I) had a chat to the players this week about motivation for winning this game, a lot of it was that. Probably if you look at the ladder after the bye, we’re nowhere near the bottom.’’
Originally published as Fagan takes no joy from Suns crisis