Hodge out of leadership group

08 February 2018 20:26:04 GMTPlus11

Brisbane captain Dayne Beams says new arrival Luke Hodge is already having an influence on the club and it's not a big deal that he is not in the Lions leadership group.

The former Hawthorn star was signed with a view to him having a mentoring role at the Lions. He wasn't named in the leadership group, which is led by Beams as captain for a second consecutive year.

Beams has Dayne Zorko as his deputy, with Harris Andrews, Allen Christensen, Stefan Martin and Ryan Lester rounding out the group.

The captain says the three-time premiership skipper had fitted in quickly at the Lions and was sitting in on all their leadership meetings.

"I guess for him, the first three months has been about looking at the way we structure things and any potential changes he can make," added Beams. "He's already made a few of those.

"Being at Hawthorn with all the success, we'd be silly not to have him in and seek his advice and see how we can get better as a group."

Hodge, who won two Norm Smith Medals while he was with Hawthorn, isn't concerned about not having an official title, saying his job is to help out wherever he was needed.

The 33-year-old has praised the leadership of Beams, saying: "You can see he wants to bring this football club back to where it has been in the past. If you've got a captain as passionate and motivated as what he is, it's very easy for the other players to follow behind him."

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