Lachie Neale will be playing at a high rate through the midfield this year.
This according to Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko after reports that Neale would see an adjustment in his role this year.
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Zorko was asked specifically on SEN this week if the playing group is currently discussing the different role for Lachie Neale this year.
“Nah, Not really!”
“He’s a proven midfielder of the comp, I don’t know where that’s come from but I’m pretty confident Lach will play a majority of his time in the midfield.”
“He’s the fittest and the best shape that I’ve ever seen him in.”
“He’s really determined this year to have a season like he did in 2020, I really think he can go better that that this season.”
“He looks in amazing shape, he’s doing everything possibility right.”
“I’m really optimistic about what he can do this year, I think he’s going to be massive for us.” Zorko said.
Update Feb 24:
Brisbane senior coach Chris Fagan today questioned the reports on reduced midfield usage for Lachie Neale.
“I’m not sure that he’s taking a step back, I’m not sure where that story actually comes from.”
“We’re looking to share the load a little bit more in the midfield but what that does to Lachie’s time in there I don’t think it’s going to make a great deal of difference, it might be a little bit.”
“You know he could play wing, he could play forward a little bit more but generally speaking he’ll play a fair bit of his time around the ball.”
Fagan also provided insight into Neale helping the next generation of midfielders at Brisbane.
“He’s clear as is Jarryd Lyons that if we’re going to progress we need some of these young blokes to step up a little bit more.”
“And that’s what we’ll be trying to do this year.” Fagan said.