AFL YOUTH FIRE UP ZORKO
DAYNE Zorko says the emergence of a new generation of talented young Lions has given him renewed hope the club can achieve success in his remaining time in the game.
Eric Hipwood, Alex Witherden and Dan McStay were influential in the Lions’ comefrom- behind eight- point victory over Essendon while Zorko also bounced back from a poor showing the previous week to be Brisbane’s leading ball winner.
The 28- year- old sees green shoots springing up everywhere and says the senior players were putting effort into the year one to three players, knowing that fast- tracking their development can change a club’s fortunes quickly.
“It certainly can, we’ve seen that with the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide recently,’’ he said. “The young kids are developing really quickly. The older guys are helping that process and the more we can keep doing that, hopefully we can climb up that ladder a bit quicker than what is predicted.’’
Zorko has won the Lions’ past two club championships but has no hesitation saying he is enjoying his football this year more than ever.
While it has been the job of the older players to carry the side, he says younger players were now making valuable contributions and infecting the veterans with their energy.
“It helps, there is no doubt about it,’’ he said.
“When you get older you know what you need to do every week and what you need to bring for the game.
“But it is so important the young kids bring the energy and we are bouncing off that energy, it is bubbling over.
“And you have probably noticed in our worst losses the young kids haven’t brought that energy and it is important for them to play in wins like the one over Essendon.’’