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AFL coach issues warning about Fevola

Laine Clark 26/08/2011 06:12:58 PM Comments (0)

Goals may finally be flowing again for Brendan Fevola but Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss has reminded any interested AFL teams on-field form is the least of the troubled star's problems.

Fevola remains hopeful of a "fairytale" return to the AFL after making a last-ditch bid for VFL's leading goalkicker with 33 majors in just five games for the Casey Scorpions.

Casey general manager Brian Woodman has told News Limited the 30-year-old should be given another chance in the AFL, such is his form in the second-tier competition.

But Voss was not so sure on Friday.

Asked if he was happy Fevola was turning things around on the field, Voss said: "Brendan has a lot more to turn around than just his footy."

The Lions coach then walked away.

No surprise really after the fallout over Fevola's messy departure from the Lions earlier this year.

Fevola was sacked by the club in February for "serious multiple breaches" as he was treated at a Brisbane rehabilitation clinic for alcohol and gambling issues after being arrested on New Year's Eve.

At the time Voss said the Lions club and players had gone "above and beyond" in their support of Fevola during his rehabilitation and would not be abandoning him.

"He's made some good steps but we know he has a long journey to come," Voss said in February.

But it appears Voss' patience is running thin.

He is not alone - Peter Blucher and Alastair Lynch cut management ties with the controversial forward in March after they discovered he had opened contract talks with VFL club Frankston without their knowledge while they were deep in discussions with the Scorpions.

It was a slap in the face after the pair had fought hard to ensure Fevola received a payout from the Lions, believed to be just under $1 million while also setting up a treatment program to help him with mental health issues.

Whatever Voss' take on Fevola, AFL scouts will receive an accurate gauge of the ex-Coleman Medallist's form when he lines up against Northern Bullants on Saturday.

Carlton key defender Michael Jamison looks set to line up against Fevola after returning from injury via the VFL.

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