Brisbane vice-captain Tom Rockliff says they will niggle ex-Lion Jared Polec but won’t target the midfielder in Saturday’s AFL clash with Port Adelaide.
More niggle will be aimed at Jared Polec, but Brisbane vice-captain Tom Rockliff denies they will target the former Lion when they take on Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Rockliff was one of the more outspoken Lions when former No.5 draft pick Polec joined an off-season exodus from Brisbane claiming homesickness, a group later dubbed the “Go home five”.
“How can kids name there (sic) club they want to go to when they have played a handful of games? #aheadofyourself,” Rockliff tweeted at the time.
Lions teammate Pearce Hanley was a little more direct.
“Life goes on, you grow up and inevitably move away from home…#mummiesboysarehomenow,” the Irishman tweeted.
Polec, who left Brisbane after 16 games in three seasons, also raised eyebrows when he did not attend the Lions club champion dinner at the end of 2013.
Rockliff admitted Polec would be reminded of his past on Saturday, but baulked when asked if more brutal reprisals awaited the Port midfielder at Adelaide Oval.
“I’m sure he’ll get a couple of reminders from a few of the boys on the weekend, there’s no doubt about that,” Rockliff said.
“But to say we’re going to go out there and target him, I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”
Polec would be in the Lions’s sights no matter what after hitting the ground running for fifth-placed Port, nabbing 24, 20 and 19 disposals respectively in his three games to date.
“Obviously we’d love to still have him (Polec) here playing for us, but that’s the circumstances he chose to go home,” Rockliff said.
“He’s got his chance. He is a fourth-year player and a first-round draft pick.
“It’s more important that we focus on us now and not worry about the past.”
It’s a wise approach for winless Brisbane after they were belted by 53 points last round by arch rivals the Gold Coast.
To make matters worse, third-last Brisbane will be without injured midfielder Daniel Rich (knee, season) and defender Daniel Merrett (two game ban) against Port.