Neale and Andrews replace Zorko as Brisbane co-captains

Lachie Neale and Harris Andrews will be the co-captains of the Brisbane Lions, replacing Dayne Zorko after the longtime skipper stepped down ahead of the 2023 season.

Brisbane also announced a two-year extension for manager Chris Fagan on Wednesday, which would keep him at the helm until 2025.

Brownlow Medal-winning midfielder Neale and defender Andrews – Zorko’s vice-captain for the past five years – will be joined by new deputy Hugh McCluggage.

Josh Dunkley and Lincoln McCarthy also raised their hand for the top job and were interviewed and are part of an 11-strong leadership group.

The Lions announced the appointments in style, the trio of captains aboard a 26-metre superyacht that docked on the Brisbane River in front of waiting media.

“To be identified as the co-captain of this football club is really exciting and something I probably haven’t realized yet. I feel very proud when I look down on the names of those who have gone before me,” Brisbane product Andrews said.

“Feeling like I have the confidence of the playing group alongside Lachie and the coaching staff, just having that support there is really important.

“For me it gives me confidence to go out and play my game, teach the group and make sure we’re doing really well as a football club.”

Star midfielder Neale said the appointment was a new feeling.

“It’s probably the first individual achievement or title that I’ve had that you’re really proud of and really excited about right now,” he said.

“It’s a great honor and I’m really honored.

“I think it’s top of the line to become co-captain of this great football club with Harris is a special achievement and a special moment in my life and career.”

The Lions' Lachie Neale passes the ball by hand.

(Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Brisbane Lions chief footballer Danny Daly said the trial has brought to light the club’s leadership potential.

“It showed us how many amazing leaders we have at the Lions, including some without official titles,” he said.

Lions chairman Andrew Wellington said Fagan deserved the opportunity to “move us forward and achieve the success that we believe this playing and coaching group is capable of.”

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