Lions must not waste AFL home run: Zorko

Ed Jackson
Dayne Zorko says the Lions need to take full advantage if the re-jigged AFL draw suits them

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko's physical response to the possibility of resuming the AFL season with a block of games in Queensland said it all.

With Port Adelaide, Adelaide, West Coast and Fremantle to base themselves on the Gold Coast for the early rounds of the rejigged 2020 season at an isolation hub, there's potential the Lions may not have to leave southeast Queensland for several weeks.

Asked if he was excited about that prospect, Zorko crossed his fingers and said if that's how the AFL organise the draw it's an advantage they cannot waste.

"It's on the cards, I've heard that's a possibility but until the AFL comes out and says that we'll just have our fingers crossed, praying," said Zorko after his first training session with his teammates on Monday at the Gabba since the round one loss to Hawthorn at the MCG in March.

"This first part of the season is really important.

"We didn't start the year off well but we've got a great opportunity if it may be that we spend the first six weeks in Queensland, we certainly need to capitalise on that knowing that in the back half of the year we're probably travelling a bit."

Zorko was also dismissive of any suggestion the altered home-and-away campaign due to the COVID-19 crisis undermined the validity of the 2020 season.

He said having to overcome unprecedented challenges would ensure whoever succeeds in 2020 will have earned their accolades.

"If anything it's an even harder premiership to win this year," he said.

"I'm not sure how many competitions in AFL history that for seven weeks at the start of the season you go on holidays and you've got to come back and switch on and get ready to win a premiership cup.

"I'm not sure that's ever happened before, not sure it'll ever happen again. I would say there's even more value on it, in all those awards."