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Fevola excited about Lions' double act

By Jim Morton 11/11/2009 06:10:48 PM Comments (0)

Brendan Fevola is licking his lips at lining up in a lethal Brisbane forward line with new "partner-in-crime" Jonathan Brown.

In his first week of pre-season training with the Lions, Fevola, who will wear the No.5 guernsey, was buzzing about the prospect of exposing defences by working in tandem with Brown.

The former Carlton full-forward's trade to Brisbane will see the Lions line up with the two leading AFL goalkickers from 2009 in their side, and Fevola is confident the pair can form an intimidating partnership.

The 28-year-old pointed to the success of dual spearheads in the past decade, with Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas at Essendon, Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead at Hawthorn and Brown and Alastair Lynch or Daniel Bradshaw at the Lions.

"We were crying out at Carlton for another big forward, and we tried to get Browny a couple of times but I think he was on too much coin," he said on Wednesday.

"You look at the successful teams over the time, and you've got Lucas and Lloyd in 2000 and you've got Franklin and Roughead and all these gun forwards who have a partner-in-crime.

"It will be just good up there when you know the ball won't always go through you, you might play on the second best defender and take advantage of that, and we can expose defenders.

"It's exciting. I kicked 89 goals last year and Browny kicked (78) so it's going to be pretty dangerous."

Rather than poach each other's goals, Fevola and Brisbane coach Michael Voss felt he and captain Brown - who both starred for Victoria against the Dream Team in 2008 - would compliment each other.

"Browny is generally a centre half-forward and I'm a full-forward, and you see with Bradshaw as well, he played here and kicked nearly 500 goals (496 in 222 games) and they worked pretty well together," Fevola said.

"I tend to lead one way and Browny leads the other so hopefully we won't run into each other too much."

But that is one aspect Fevola - who wants to end his career in Brisbane - is concerned about.

"He's a super player and I've watched a few tapes and he does come back with the flight a lot so I will have to watch out for that because he's a big boy, Browny, and he might knock me out," he said.

Voss said the onus was more on the Lions ground-level forwards, who struggled to convert in 2009, to crumb well.

The second-year coach, who led Brisbane to sixth in his debut season, denied the defection of a disgruntled Bradshaw to Sydney had taken the gloss off the Fevola trade deal.

"I understand the sensitivities of things like that but as coach you make a decision for what you consider the best direction of the football club is," Voss said.

"We have chosen this direction and Braddy has moved on. It is disappointing. But the club has moved on and the players have moved on."

Voss has not laid down the law to Fevola and said he did not need to despite his alcohol-fuelled Brownlow Medal antics being the last straw for Carlton.

"From my end I understand the history of what Fev has gone through but at this point the one important thing to say is that he is a Brisbane Lions player and it is important he gets the chance to be able to have that fresh start," he said.

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