No excuses for Lions winger

23 May 2020 18:43:56 GMTPlus10

Continued improvement is the goal for Brisbane this season, according to winger Mitch Robinson.

The Lions can look back on last year as a big stride forward, when the decision to appoint Chris Fagan as coach was fully vindicated.

The former Hawthorn general manager of football, who had been instrumental in four premiership victories during his time with the Hawks, was appointed as Justin Leppitsch's successor as Brisbane coach in late 2016.

Fagan bucks the trend, as one of the few AFL coaches in recent years not to have had any AFL playing experience.

His ability to step up as senior coach was questioned in some quarters during his first two seasons with Brisbane, when the Lions picked up just five wins in each campaign.

Last year, though, only percentage denied them top spot at the end of the home and away season.

They finished second to Geelong, after posting a 16-8 campaign.

Robinson says it's difficult this year to gauge how well they will go, and the focus is more on improving as a group rather than setting specific goals.

The former Carlton midfielder racked up 100 games for the Blues, and is just eight appearances away from achieving the same feat for Brisbane.

"We haven't publicly come out and said we want to play finals, because we don't know what's happening this year," said Robinson. "We're going to rock up to every game and try and win every game, and that's what our philosophy's been since the day we got here, as well as continued improvement.

"We'll adapt as best we can and there's not going to be any excuses from us at the Brisbane Lions. We'll try and win as many games as possible and depending on how the finals land and who gets there, hopefully we're in that category."

The Lions started their season with a 28-point defeat to Hawthorn at the MCG.

Brisbane are 14/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Lions are 6/1 to reach the Grand Final.

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