Roaring: Brisbane skipper Jonathan Brown leads his team in the club song after the Lions beat Essendon earlier this year. Photo: Pat Scala
Brisbane Lions champion Jonathan Brown says the passion to play still burns strongly, and discussions with new coach Justin Leppitsch has convinced him that extending his career into a 15th season is the right move for the club.
The three-time premiership star had delayed a decision on his future until a replacement for sacked coach Michael Voss had been appointed, even though he privately believed his body could get through another season.
Brown, who will turn 32 later this month, has signed a one-year deal, ensuring the foot injury that ended his 2013 season would not also bring a premature end to his decorated career.
The power forward suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and did not play after round 19. ''I've still got the passion to play, but I was also mindful of the fact that the new coach might have other plans,'' Brown said.
''But I had a good chat with Leppa [former teammate Leppitsch] and he basically laid out his plans and said he saw me as being part of them,'' he said.
''I feel as though I still have some pretty good footy left in me, particularly after finishing last season earlier than I would have liked.
''Plus, with such a young group, hopefully I can play a role in helping to continue bring that next generation of Lions forwards through.''
Brisbane still has a big decision to make on fellow club champion and unrestricted free agent Simon Black, who is also weighing up his future.