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Brown to share Lions AFL captaincy
Jim Morton
18:19 AEST Fri Feb 1 2013

Jonathan Brown will share the Brisbane Lions captaincy in 2013 after Michael Voss knocked back his original offer to stand down because it would have been plain "wrong".

Coach Voss on Friday admitted the club's new band of young stars - headed by Tom Rockliff, Daniel Rich and Jack Redden - were in line to become co-captain with the inspirational power forward.

Brown has been the sole Brisbane captain since Voss replaced Leigh Matthews in 2009 but he felt the time was right to relinquish the responsibility amid a changing of the guard.

"A big part of our group is the future, and the age of our young star players and I thought it was a good opportunity to bring someone through," the 32-year-old said.

But Voss had other ideas: "It just looked a bit wrong; the big fella coming in behind somebody," he said at the announcement of National Storage becoming major sponsors for the next three seasons.

"Mainly from his presence in the group, he'll always be a leader but to be able to have him out the front and have someone beside him made more sense than stepping down."

Voss and the Lions football department aren't being rushed into a quick decision on the co-captain and haven't restricted the choice to existing vice-captains Daniel Merrett, Jed Adcock or Rockliff.

"It's just what's the best fit for us right now," he said.

"That's the exciting thing about it. I'm looking forward to who will pop up and look to lead us into the future."

Brown wasn't about to endorse the young brigade or a more senior leader like Merrett or Adcock but was rapt by Voss's decision for a captaincy partner as the club looks for a first finals appearance since 2009.

"I'm excited about being there to support the other captain and help them along but, at the same time, I still love being captain of the club," he said.

The 230-game veteran also laid to rest continued rumours that he might return home to Victoria, with Collingwood reportedly again showing interest, before his career was over.

"I'm not sure whether it's a real good deal getting a 32-year-old broken down centre half-forward," he said. "If I was Collingwood, I'd probably be looking elsewhere.

"I'm not going anywhere, I love this footy club and I want to get through my career playing at one club and enjoy the fruits of the last few years of development.

"We're going to be knocking in the door in the next few years and I want to be enjoying those fruits."


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