Ins: Trent West from Geelong, Jackson Paine from Collingwood.
Outs: Billy Longer to St Kilda, Patrick Karnezis to Collingwood, Jared Polec to Port Adelaide, Sam Docherty to Carlton, Simon Black (retired).
2013 Record – 12th on ladder, 40 points, (10 wins, 12 losses).
2013 Stat Rankings –
Positive: 3rd opponent tackles.
Negative: 16th in kicks, 13th in handballs, 15th in disposals, 13th in marks.
The Lions look destined for another tough year in 2014 with four of new coach Justin Leppitch’s first 5 fixtures set to be against teams that made the finals in 2013. A possible 0 and 5 record – the other match is away at improving local rivals Gold Coast – could well set the tone for the rest of the season. Simon Black has retired and Jonathan Brown’s stats, unsurprisingly for a player edging towards 33 years of age and who plays as if he actually enjoys getting his face caved in, are regressing fast. He averaged a superb 3.5 goals per game in 2009 when he bagged 85 goals in 24 games, compared to an average of 1.9 goals in 15 games in a total of 28 goals. His average stats for kicks, handballs, disposals, marks and goals have all been steadily regressing since 2009.
Regressive team, rookie coach – why sack Voss to bring in another rookie? Crazy, especially when Voss appeared to be moving the team in the right direction. $1.22 with SPORTSBET or IASBET to miss the 8 is simply buying money. The early $26 about Brisbane recording least wins is long gone, unfortunately, but even the $12 with the same firms is worth considering with Melbourne potentially resurgent under Paul Roos in 2014 and GWS and the Suns almost guaranteed to improve again.