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Brown and Fev will click: Voss

By Jim Morton 26/03/2010 05:11:39 PM Comments (0)

Michael Voss holds no fears the Lions' new Brendan Fevola-Jonathan Brown attacking machine will backfire against West Coast at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The Brisbane coach is sick of talking about Fevola but was adamant on Friday the controversial Carlton recruit and Brown wouldn't cancel each other out in the Lions forward line.

The superstar duo have collected three of the last four Coleman Medals between them and their ability to gel has been a major AFL pre-season talking point.

In two practice matches together, skipper Brown and Fevola combined for five goals against Carlton and just one in a low-scoring victory over Hawthorn.

But Voss denied any concerns about the power forwards' output - which totalled 174 goals in 2009 - being diminished by their combination.

"No, not at all," he said. "It's been spoken about but I'm not worried at all - not in the slightest."

Fevola, replacing Daniel Bradshaw as Brisbane's full forward, will face a stern test in his Lions debut with Eagles skipper Darren Glass set to mind him in the goal square.

It seems either Eric Mackenzie or Mitch Brown will pick up Brown further up the field.

Voss insisted all his new recruits - also including fellow forwards Amon Buchanan and Brent Staker as well as 100-gamer Matt Maguire and Andrew Raines - had "gelled nicely over the off-season" to boost confidence in the team's new chemistry.

"You only get nervous when you are not ready and we're ready," he said. "We're not doing any late night preparation for an exam, we've put a lot of things in place and we come in comfortable we come in at a good stage.

"They have spent four months together.

"The players now literally live in each others back pocket and they become brothers in some way."

Voss and West Coast counterpart John Worsfold have highlighted the importance of the ruck contest with Eagles pair Dean Cox and Nic Natanui up against Mitch Clark and Matthew Leuenberger.

West Coast won four of their last five matches of 2009 and Voss expects them to be a rising power this year with Cox and Daniel Kerr back on the field.

"The thing that make them dangerous is their senior players aren't just normal senior players, they're superstars, and whenever you are playing teams like that there is a certain element of danger with them," he said.

The Lions boast six West Australians in their 22 with Swan Districts forward Todd Banfield named to make his AFL debut after a scintillating pre-season campaign.

"If I had to pick my 29 at the start of March I would have thought Todd might struggle to get into that team," Voss said.

"He's not only got into our 29 but our 22 and that shows how fast he's come along in the last month."

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