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Brisbane skipper slams training facilities

  • Brisbane skipper slams training facilities

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Tom Rockliff of the Lions celebrates as he leaves the ground after winning the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff has said players are doing it tough with the training facilities at the football club. 

The Lions are in the process of landing a new training base near the Brisbane airport but Rockliff says patience is wearing thin.

“No they’re not (up to AFL standard). They haven't changed since 2000, if you think about that it’s 16 years,” Rockliff told RSN this morning.

“We’re below ground the whole time, we don’t have any sunlight in there.

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“The gym only got a makeover because it flooded last year.

“We’re battling a fair bit with the facility. It is always a challenge to compete at the highest level.

“If you have a good facility, I know it’s not the be-all and end-all, I think that a good culture drives that, but the facility definitely helps that.”

The AFL has already committed $5m towards the Brisbane Lions' new training facility when building of the facility commences. 

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