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Lions midfield must lift: Rockliff

Laine Clark 22/06/2011 01:48:36 PM Comments (0)

Someone has to lift for the Brisbane Lions in their hour of need - and youngster Tom Rockliff is not afraid to name names.

Comparisons with Michael Voss were drawn when Rockliff was thrust into the Lions leadership group at just 21 this season.

And he looked every inch a leader on Wednesday when he made it clear who had to produce for the Lions after yet more injuries.

"We need guys like Daniel Rich, Jack Redden, James Polkinghorne breaking the lines and kicking them from 50, 55 metres," he said on Wednesday.

"We need some more midfield goals - we don't seem to be breaking lines and kicking as many goals as other teams."

Just who will help skipper Jonathan Brown kick goals is the burning question ahead of Saturday's away AFL clash with Fremantle.

Especially after reliable scoring options Mitch Clark (ankle) and Todd Banfield (hamstring) went down in last round's disappointing loss to Richmond at the Gabba.

"It's the way footy goes these days, we have to deal with that - now a couple more young blokes get a go," Rockliff said of their injury toll.

But Clark and Banfield could be back in a fortnight after it was initially feared they faced a month on the sidelines.

In more good news from their casualty ward, Jed Adcock (finger) could return next round as well as Brent Staker - just three months after undergoing LARS surgery on his knee.

"Stakes has done really well this past week. He joined the main group last week so we'll get two solid weeks of full training and then he'll be right to play round 15," Lions physical performance manager Brett Burton told the club website.

On Adcock, Burton said: "Jed had finger surgery on Wednesday (last week) and there was good news out of that.

"He was able to get a couple of screws put in so he'll be back in the next two weeks, either round 15 or 16."

Meanwhile, Rockliff also didn't mince words when asked about their 2010 goals after the third-last Lions slumped to a 2-10 record.

"We are not going to play finals footy this year - that's obvious," he said.

"But we know what we have to do for 2012. We are building towards round one next year.

"The more games we can get into younger blokes and get our structures and set-ups right - that's our focus.

"(However) we are going over there with the mission to win (on Saturday)."

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