Fa­gan keen for Suns to put drama be­hind them

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMILTON

LIONS coach Chris Fa­gan is tak­ing no joy from the cri­sis en­gulf­ing the Suns, say­ing both clubs would ben­e­fit from shared suc­cess.

Fa­gan is able to bring a clear per­spec­tive to the Suns’ plight and how it re­lates to the Q Clash ri­valry hav­ing walked into a club in just as much trou­ble lit­tle less than a year ago.

He has man­aged to or­ches­trate a form turn­around, and with football man­ager David Noble, has done a ter­rific job uni­fy­ing the Lions.

How­ever, both men have had to ad­just to dif­fer­ent op­er­at­ing chal­lenges run­ning a footy side in rugby- league heart­land.

Two strong teams builds the in­ter­est that leads to greater crowd and spon­sor­ship rev­enue which as­sists the two clubs’ abil­ity to at­tract and re­tain play­ers.

“Hope­fully both of our teams can rise to­gether and Queens­land footy is strong be­cause that’s what the AFL need and that is what Queens­land wants, it is a place where a lot of peo­ple are in­ter­ested in AFL,’’ he said. “I just hope for them that they do get go­ing and I think they will.’’

In the space of two years the Lions have over­taken the Suns as the Queens­land side with the bright­est fu­ture.

Bris­bane took an­other step to­wards their goal of avoid­ing the wooden spoon with a 58- point drub­bing of the Suns in Satur­day’s Q Clash at the Gabba.

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