BRISBANE Lions co-captain Jonathan Brown says he is keen to take to the field next year.
In Warrnambool yesterday for a school clinic, the South Warrnambool export told The Standard he wanted to play at least one more season and was feeling confident following foot and knee surgery last month.
Brown had surgery to repair a torn plantar fascia (foot) tendon, but said positive feedback from medical staff had him feeling confident of returning to full training before the Lions’ altitude training trip to the United States in November.
“I’d prefer to keep playing that’s for sure,” Brown said yesterday.
“Recovery from the surgeries is ahead of schedule and I’ve had some really good feedback from the surgeons.
“I didn’t want to commit to next season until I’d had those operations and had some good reports.
“That’s all starting to look very optimistic now, which is giving me confidence to go around again.”
The out-of-contract forward said nothing was definite though, given the Lions were still without a coach after sacking Michael Voss last month.
He said he hoped the coaching roles would be finalised this week and was hopeful another former teammate would find a spot on the coaching panel.
“There’s a fair possibility my ex-teammate Justin Leppitsch will be one of those guys,” Brown said.
“He’s certainly one of those guys who interviewed.”
Brown said he was sad to see Voss leave the club, but was hopeful he would pick up a role with another club.
“I felt sad for him. It’s a brutal business,” he said.
“But it’s a results-driven business and unfortunately we haven’t been able to make finals since Vossy’s first year in 2009.
“The club has decided to go in another direction. I think initially everyone thought about Paul Roos, but the timing of the sacking meant it wasn’t to be.
“Hopefully that will all be finalised in the next couple of days.”