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Lions to look to cubs with Fevola-free cap


Jon Pierik

Former Lion Brendan Fevola.

Former Lion Brendan Fevola. Photo: Mal Fairclough

THE Brisbane Lions will finally shed Brendan Fevola's exorbitant wage this year and expect to have salary-cap room to retain their young players and possibly join in bidding for free agents.

Fevola has not played a game for the Lions since 2010, but his sacking and pay-out, following his arrest for being a public nuisance on New Year's Day last year, was split over a further two seasons. Lions chief executive Malcolm Holmes yesterday dismissed speculation his club had salary-cap issues, primarily because of back-ended contracts, and said relief would come when Fevola's wage was shed. It's understood Fevola received almost $1 million as part of his pay-out.

''We have obviously been working very hard to get our salary cap in good shape,'' Holmes said. ''We have had Brendan Fevola under our cap, it's been pretty well publicised, but this is the last year of that.

''We have room in it, which gives us flexibility and options. We will have room to give us options but we have also got a very young and developing list. We have got 48 on our list and the key for us is the very young talent that we are continuing to develop and get games into.

''On our list, we have only got six players that have played 100 games or more. So we need to keep this younger group together and to keep developing.''

While they strive to retain their emerging talent, the Lions must also determine whether to re-sign Ash McGrath, an unrestricted free agent, and restricted free agents Josh Drummond and Jed Adcock.

The Lions were last year fined $21,630 for breaching the salary cap in 2010. This was blamed on an administrative error, which the club voluntarily disclosed once it was discovered.

The Lions have just three wins this season, but Holmes said the fixture had not been kind.

''If you go through the first eight rounds, we have actually played four teams in the top eight currently, plus Geelong,'' he said.

14 comments so far

  • Fixtures have not been kind, what rubbish. Pre-season the talk was of getting to the top 8 or middle of the ladder. You cannot loose to teams outside the 8 and claim a bad roster. You should be beating these teams and occasionally beating a top 8 team. The Lions are doing neither only beating teams below it on the ladder and loosing by BIG margins to other teams. If the administration can't tell it like it is how can you expect the players to play up to their potential.

    Date and time
    May 31, 2012, 11:38AM
    • Voss should have been sacked for his decision to secure Fevola, Voss should also have been made to PAY the club back for his total brainless decision

      Lion King
      Date and time
      May 31, 2012, 11:59AM
      • hahaha....wait....hahaha. Voss would have been sacked by now by any other club.

        Lions have dug this hole. Here is hoping they stay there. They deserve it.

        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 2:00PM
      • Sadly, the worst decision Brisbane made was to appoint Voss as coach. Everything else follows.

        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 2:15PM
      • It wasn't a 'total brainless' decision. Yes, it turned out badly, but until he got injured, Fevola was playing really good football.

        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 2:53PM
    • ''If you go through the first eight rounds, we have actually played four teams in the top eight currently".

      Which means you've also played 4 teams outside the top 8

      Can almost hear the violins .

      Now I know that most QLDer's are finely blanced, having a chip on both shoulders, but this bloke is taking the pi$$.

      Terry Werp
      Date and time
      May 31, 2012, 12:26PM
      • Yes mate but I think he pointing out they have won 3 games... meaning they only lost to one team outside the 8, still no excuse though.

        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 1:06PM
    • Sorry what team is 'loosing'? Spelling lessons wouldn't go of the most commonly misspelt words this one.

      Fact is Fevola is a moron. Yet Brisbane's decision makers were even bigger moron's for not seeing the writing on the wall.

      The Benefit of Spelling
      Date and time
      May 31, 2012, 1:30PM
      • I agree with you on 'loosing', however if you're going to have a go at people about spelling, you should probably check your own punctuation moron's

        The benefit of apostrophes where they don't belong
        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 4:38PM
      • If only the benefits of spelling was so good at using apostrophes. "Morons" in this case should not have a possessive apostrophe.

        Simon from Adelaide
        Date and time
        May 31, 2012, 6:21PM

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